Philippines gov't starts repatriation of its citizens from Cote D'Ivoire

09:59, April 08, 2011      

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The Philippine government has started repatriation of Filipinos from politically-tensioned Cote D'Ivoire, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.

The department said that the Philippine Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, which covers relations with Cote D'Ivoire, is also sending a two-man consular team to the area to conduct a factual ground assessment and to provide further assistance to the Filipinos there in view of increasing tensions in the country.

"The Embassy has repatriated 10 Filipinos who expressed their wish to go back to the Philippines," the DFA said.

The Embassy's contingency plan has been activated since December 2010 and it is closely coordinating with the Filipino community in Cote D'Ivoire.

There are some 100 Filipinos in Cote d'Ivoire, mostly professional and skilled workers, as well as permanent residents.

There are also six Armed Forces of the Philippines officers assigned in the UN Operation in Cote D'Ivoire (UNOCI).

Tensions in the country started after the second round of the 2010 presidential elections where incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara both claimed that they won the elections.

Source: Xinhua
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