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Muammar Gheddafi strikes again: no European tourism allowed in Lybia anymore

News from today's headlines here in Italy:

Libya suspends entry visas for EU - airport source | World | Reuters
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no visas except for britain it says, although that does make perfect sense
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Yes, British are exempt, but I have a friend that is setting up the Mediterranean Loop: he had to leave home in southern Italy bound to Tunisia then Lybia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and the Balcans then back to southern Italy.
He was supposed to leave in two weeks and had already applied for the Lybian visa, but this unexpected event "destroys" his trip.

Well done, Mr. Gheddafi...
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Shame that. Its horrible how an entire country can be shut off, especially Libya. Although i have never been to North Africa but I have seen documentaries that show how beautiful and unique the country is. Cant your mate go down Greece and cross to Egypt?
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Shame that. Its horrible how an entire country can be shut off, especially Libya. Although i have never been to North Africa but I have seen documentaries that show how beautiful and unique the country is. Cant your mate go down Greece and cross to Egypt?

Hey, Tommy.
Yes, it's what he'll do in case the situation won't evolve positively, he just wrote it on the Italian message board we are members of.

But you are right: it's a shame.
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Having been working in Libya recently, I would be never be surprised by anything the good Colonel does. He truly is a law unto himself...
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With this and recent hassles with the permits in Egypt, about the only place left to go in peace to the Sahara are the Canary Islands...
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Gadaffi's thrown his toys out of the cot...

BBC News - EU deplores Libya visa ban for Europeans

And these people want to be readmitted to the international fold?
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Perhaps it can be resolved rather quickly (weeks? months?)

EU-Libya meeting planned to discuss visa row (Magharebia.com)
A meeting between Swiss and Libyan diplomats is in the works to smooth over a recent quarrel over travel restrictions.
"In a statement to Magharebia, former Tunisian ambassador and Maghreb relations expert Ahmed Wanis said: "It seems that Libya, in taking that latest resolution, gave the principle of sovereignty precedence over interests.""
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Libya has asked that Max Goeldi, a Swiss national, who is hiding the the Swiss embassy in Tripoli, hand himself over to serve his 4 month jail sentence. Libya says he has till noon 22 Feb. Authorities are surrounding the embassy.


Libya tells Swiss to give up citizen: News24: Africa: News

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Gadaffi now asking for a jihad against Switzerland.

BBC News - Libya's 'jihad' call over Swiss minaret ban
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Gadaffi now asking for a jihad against Switzerland.

BBC News - Libya's 'jihad' call over Swiss minaret ban

This is really incredible...
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Sounds like the clock is being turned back....
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Q is taking personal grievances to a new level.

Guess we won't be visiting Libya anytime soon.
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