Libya shuts down UN refugee agency

22:02, June 08, 2010      

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The Libyan authorities have ordered the United Nations refugee agency to shut its office in the country without giving any explanations, a spokeswoman for the agency said Tuesday.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) received a note from the Libyan government last week ordering it to cease all activities in the country, Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva.

"Basically we've been instructed to close our office there...we very much regret this decision," she said.

Fleming said the Libyan government gave no reason why the UNHCR should leave the country, but the agency would have to comply with the order.


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