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09 Jun 2010 description

09 Jun 2010 17:00:19 GMT

* Seeking agreement on lifting closure order

* Helps 12,000 Middle Eastern, North African refugees

* Libya says U.N.

08 Jun 2010 description

08 Jun 2010 20:24:19 GMT

* 12,000 Middle Eastern, North African refugees at risk

* Libya says U.N. refugee presence on its soil illegal

(Updates with Libya foreign ministry statement in para 6)

By Jonathan Lynn

GENEVA, June 8 (Reuters) - Libya has ordered the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR to close its operations there, putting the future of more than 12,000 refugees and asylum seekers at risk, a UNHCR spokeswoman said on Tuesday.