Bern continues normalisation efforts with Libya

The Swiss foreign ministry has said it is continuing efforts to try to solve a conflict between Switzerland and Libya but has no idea when a solution can be found.

This content was published on August 22, 2008 - 14:43

In a statement released on Friday, the ministry said it wanted to continue discussions "in the spirit of good faith, cooperation and mutual understanding" to restore bilateral relations between the two countries.

It added that two Swiss citizens facing allegations of immigration violations had still not been given permission to leave the oil-producing North African country.

It is continuing to advise Swiss citizens against visiting Libya for tourism or non-essential purposes.

The conflict stems from the July 15 detention of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's son Hannibal at a hotel in Geneva.

Gaddafi, along with his heavily pregnant wife, was arrested on assault-related charges against domestic employees and held in custody for two nights before being released and leaving Switzerland.

Prosecutors in Geneva have not dropped charges against the pair and Libya has demanded an apology for the arrest.

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