Tripoli 'willing to collaborate with Italy on migration'

Announcement by unrecognized Libyan parliament and gov't

22 April, 15:52

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, APRIL 22 - The parliament and government of Tripoli, rivals to the Torbuk-based ones recognized by the international community, said Tuesday they were willing to ''cooperate with the Italian government against clandestine migration in the Mediterranean''. The statement was issued by the unrecognized legislative body, the General National Congress (GNC). Making explicit reference to the migrant boat disaster in recent days, the GNC and the National Salvation Government (NSG) asked ''to support efforts aiming to reach a global political solution that helps us achieve stability, re-establish state authority and control borders'' and oil terminals. The Tripoli government had previously expressed its ''willingness to cooperate with the European Union against illegal immigration and terrorism, which threaten security in the area, as part of respect for the sovereignty of the State of Libya'', reports the former state-run news agency LANA now controlled by the Tripoli government. The agency noted that the statement was made during NSG meeting chaired by acting prime minister Khalifa Al-Ghawali. the meeting focused on ''means to fight against illegal immigration operations despite a lack of personnel and material capacity''. The session also examined the data presented by the interior ministry, which ''show that over 8,000 people of different nationalities have entered Libya through illegal ways''. The NSG is not recognized internationally but is negotiating at the same level as the Tobruk-based government in UN talks for the formation of a national unity government underway in Morocco. It also controls Libya's western coast, from which most of the Italy-bound migrant boats depart. (ANSAmed).

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