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Dutch soldiers released from Libya and on their way to the Netherlands

The Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi has released three Dutch soldiers, who were captured twelve days ago.

The soldiers arrived around 5 o’clock Dutch time (6 pm local time) in Athens. Then they will fly to Eindhoven Airport.

After negotiations by the top diplomat Ed Kronenburg, a Greek military aircraft took the two men and one woman from the Libyan capital Tripoli.

On board were the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Dimitris Dollis and some Greeks who were brought to safety from Libya.

Sunday afternoon February 27th a naval helicopter from the Dutch frigate HNLMS Tromp, engaged in a consular evacuation operation in Sirte, was prevented from taking off by an armed Libyan unit loyal to the current regime.

Talks with the Libyan authorities about the situation thus created were launched immediately by the ship’s command and by the Dutch authorities in The Hague. The 2 evacuees were transferred today by the Libyans to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tripoli.