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Greece suspends operation of embassy in Libya

Greece has suspended the operation of its embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed on its website without determining whether the reason for the temporary closure is ongoing hostilities on the ground or diplomatic concerns.

According to a ministry announcement, Greek interests will be represented by the embassy of Hungary, the country which currently holds the European Union’s six-month rotating presidency.

In an interview with the BBC World Service, Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas said that Greece?s stance opposite Libya remained in line with the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Droutsas said that this stance had been underlined in a meeting in Athens on Sunday between Prime Minister George Papandreou and Abdelati Obeidi, the acting foreign minister of Libya.

?Our message to Mr Obeidi…was a clear message repeating the message of the international community that we request the full respect and implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions and more specifically the immediate ceasefire and the end of violence against the Libyan people,? Droutsas said. ?From the statements of the Libyan envoy it appears that the regime is seeking a solution,? he added.