Migrants: Libya warns NGOs not to enter territorial waters

Navy spokesman, 'we will respond according to international law'

03 April, 19:30

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, APRIL 3 - A Libyan Navy spokesman, Admiral Ayob Amr Ghasem, on Wednesday said ''we are an institution worthy of respect and, in the event of the violation of our country's sovereignty, we will respond according to international law''. Ghasem was explaining Tripoli's decision to warn NGOs not to cross into Libyan territorial waters to rescue migrants.

    ''We are tired of NGOs violating our sovereignty and sparking rumors about us'', he said over the phone in an interview with ANSA, replying to a question on what the Libyan Navy and coast guard would do if an NGO decided to intervene in Libya's territorial waters.

    The Facebook pages of the Libyan Navy and coast guard on Tuesday published a long text on the hijacking of a merchant vessel on March 27, stating, among other things, that ''with the arrival of the season of illegal migration, we warn non-governmental organizations not to venture near our coasts or station illegitimately in our waters while waiting for illegal migrants, in order to attract them and convince them to collaborate with human traffickers to venture into the sea.

    (ANSAmed).

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