17 April 2014

Libya: Disappearance of Tunisian Diplomat in Libya - Urgent Examination of Incident - FM

Tunis, — The crisis cell in charge of following-up the situation in Libya convened in emergency, Thursday, to examine the mode of dealing with the incident of the disappearance of the Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli, Laroussi Kontassi, in mysterious circumstances.

According to the Foreign Ministry's statement, direct and immediate actions must be defined so as to be undertaken by the competent Tunisian authorities, in co-ordination with the Libyan authorities to determine the circumstances of Laroussi Kontassi's disappearance.

In another connection, the Foreign Ministry department calls on the Tunisian community in Libya to be vigilant while traveling, to preserve their security and avoid unforeseen events in these exceptional circumstances.

It also invites the Tunisian citizens to delay their travel in Libya only in case of absolute necessity.

"Once new data on this incident will be available, they will soon be communicated to the public opinion," the department ensures.

The Foreign Ministry also calls on the media and the components of the civil society to take inherent information to this incident with caution and receive them from official sources to guarantee security to the Tunisian diplomat and all the diplomatic and consular community accredited in Libya.

Chaired by Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi, the meeting was attended by delegate Minister to the Interior Minister in charge Security and Secretary of State for Foreign Minister. Were also present representatives of the Presidency of the Republic and the Prime Ministry as well as representatives of the Ministries of Defence, Interior, Justice, Human Rights and Transitional Justice.

Tunisia's embassy Adviser in Tripoli Laroussi Kontassi was reported missing, TAP news agency learned from responsible source of the Foreign Ministry.

No contact has been established with him and no claims has been registered so far concerning his possible kidnapping, the same source adds.

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