TRIPOLI May 12 British oil company BP
said it is withdrawing some non-essential staff from Libya after
Britain's government warned about deteriorating security in the
"We are taking some non-Libyan staff out of the office in
Tripoli following advice by the foreign office," the spokesman
said. The foreign office advises against all travel to parts of
The British embassy said on Friday it was cutting staff due
to growing unrest in the capital, where armed groups seized two
government ministries in late April to press demands on
parliament, heightening fears clashes could break out in
A deal to hand over the Foreign Ministry to a committee was
reached late on Saturday ending the sieges, but it was not clear
whether the armed groups, who call themselves "revolutionaries",
would leave the capital for good.
Almost 2 years after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in the
2011 war, Libya's new rulers have struggled to impose their
authority on a country awash with weapons, and swathes of the
oil producing desert country remain out of government control.
Despite concerns raised by international oil firms operating
in the OPEC producer, Libya has said foreign security will not
be allowed at its oil fields.
In January, BP said it was reconsidering plans to drill for
oil in Libya due to increased worries about safety.