Montenegrin ship brings Balkan workers from Libya
A Montenegrin ship arrived from violence-wracked Libya here Thursday, carrying 164 workers from several Balkan republics, an AFP correspondent said.
The 164 passengers aboard the Sveti Stefan vessel -- nationals of Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Croatia -- arrived after a three-day trip from Libya, the foreign ministry said.
The ship, chartered by the Russian Emergency Ministry to ferry Russian and foreign workers employed by Moscow companies, left Libya late Monday with some 400 people on board.
Most of them left the ship in Malta and were transferred to their home countries by boat.
The trip was among the last organised efforts by several Balkan countries to evacuate their citizens from Libya, officials said.
"Several individuals have contacted our embassy in Tripoli asking for advice on leaving the country and we are of course helping them," the Beta news agency quoted Serbian foreign ministry official Mirko Stefanovic as saying.
According to unofficial estimates, about 2,000 citizens from the Balkans have been evacuated since the start of the unrest in Libya.
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