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Poland: Libya Refuses To Grant Exit Visas To Nurses

Warsaw, 19 August 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Poland confirmed a newspaper story today that Libya refused to grant exit visas to some 100 Polish nurses working under contract there.

Pawel Dobrowolski, a spokesman for Poland's Foreign Ministry, told an RFE/RL correspondent that the Warsaw government "is doing everything possible" to help nurses stranded in Libya.

Some 400 Polish nurses are said to work in Libya under contracts arranged by private companies.

A Warsaw newspaper "Super Express" today said the nurses are working and living "under scandalous conditions." The paper said that about 100 of them wanted to leave the country but were refused exit visas.

Dobrowolski said that the government planned to send a delegation to investigate the situation.