India and China
The revolution in Libya has already claimed hundreds of lives. The constant deterioration of circumstances is now forcing the Indian government to undertake measures in order to ensure the safety its citizens in the African country. According to the foreign ministry in New Delhi, plans have been set up to evacuate the 18.000 Indians living in Libya via land route, bringing them to Egypt and flying them out to India from there. Citizens living in Tripoli and Benghazi, the two most affected cities, have top priority.
The passenger ferry “Scotia Prince,” offering space for 1,200 people, is already stationed in Egypt and awaiting instructions to get home Indians from Benghazi, which will be the first city to be evacuated. The cities in the interior, however, are not as easily accessible, since clearance by the Libyan government is required in order to evacuate the people living there by air.
The Secretary of State Nirupama Roa, asked for patience in coping with this mammoth task. However, according to External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, there is no need to worry: “Let me assure the nation that all Indians are safe and all those Indians who are willing to be evacuated will be evacuated safely and without any expenditure incurred by them,” he said.
In Libya, many Chinese companies have been attacked and looted by armed protesters. This amount of violent actions is an answer to the Arab world revolutions, more specifically to the military corrupted regime of Muammar al-Gaddafi, which has been the center of most of these protest and conflicts in Libya.
This has been analyzed and seen as a wave of unified protest actions to make the Chinese government move against the Lebanese cause (the overthrow of their military dictatorship and the change into a more open, modern, democratic society and politic system). But China doesn’t want to position itself neither with Gaddafi’s regime nor against it, as the Chinese politicians think it might be bad for their image (as an oppressive regime).
Beside all of these, the intervention of the UN Secretary General has been crucial to determine the opposition against all the important conflicts recently burst in the Arab world. Ban Ki-moon has condemned Gaddafi’s actions as “crimes against humanity” and he has advised him to stop all these terrible and violent actions that are making the whole situation even worse.
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