Manila asks France to evacuate Filipinos from I Coast

12th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

MANILA, Nov 12 (AFP) - The Philippines has asked France to evacuate 103 Filipinos trapped in civil unrest in Ivory Coast, the foreign department here said Friday.

MANILA, Nov 12 (AFP) - The Philippines has asked France to evacuate 103 Filipinos trapped in civil unrest in Ivory Coast, the foreign department here said Friday.

The Filipinos, who include United Nations staff, residents and temporary workers, have relocated to a safe area under guard by UN and French forces, the department said in a statement.

The Filipino ambassador in nearby Nigeria, Masarang Umpa, has "made representations with the French Embassy in Nigeria to include Filipinos in the event that French nationals are evacuated from Cote d'Ivorie to safe countries nearby, possibly to Ghana," it said.

Thousands of expatriates from France, the United States, Canada, Australia and other European nations have left Ivory Coast amid an upsurge in violence and anti-French riots that have left at least 64 people dead.

© AFP

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