Three Dutch marines released by Libyan government arrive in Athens

12:33, March 12, 2011      

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Three Dutch marines released by the Libyan governmen after approximately two weeks of captivity arrived in Athens early Friday on a Greek military aircraft, officials said.

Along with the three Dutch nationals on the plane that landed at Athens International Airport, was Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Dollis and 12 Greek evacuees from violence-wracked Tripoli.

The marines were arrested by Libyan authorities when they landed with a helicopter near Sirte in Libya to evacuate a group of their compatriots without permission.

"We were able to help these brave people, after tough deliberations," said Dollis, referring to the agreement his government reached in order to collect the three Dutch and Greek nationals during a meeting in Athens on Thursday with Libya's representative Mohamed Tahir Siala.

Source: Xinhua


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