By Tom Westcott.
Tripoli, 12 May 2013:
Acting on advice given by the British government, BP are the latest organisation to withdraw foreign . . .[restrict]staff from the country.
“Following FCO advice given to us by the British Embassy in Tripoli, and purely as a precautionary measure, we have brought non-essential staff out of Libya for the time being, in a phased reduction of numbers,” BP Press Officer Robert Wine told the Libya Herald. He said the move affects fewer than a dozen people.
Not all international staff have left, jut non-essential employees who are able to work from other locations. The company’s Libyan staff also remain and the local office will continue to operate, Wine added. BP still employs around 100 local staff from before the revolution.
“We will continue to monitor the security situation and move people back into Libya when it is considered safe to do so,” Wine said.
Citing the “security implications of the ongoing political uncertainty,” the British and American embassies have both reduced their staff numbers in the country. [/restrict]