Stronger EU collaboration in Libya is necessary: Milanesi

A wider international collaboration and a much more active and visible engagement of the European Union in the Libyan crisis is necessary, Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said Friday.

“We cannot think that only one country, although close, can bring stabilization,” Milanesi told the House and Senate foreign and defense commissions.

He emphasized that the situation in Libya is of “extreme difficulty” and a political solution needs significant patience.”

The foreign minister also spoke about the humanitarian situation in Libya, saying he is “convinced that humanitarian corridors for refugees are the only solution. Refugees that have the right to asylum cannot be left in the hands of human traffickers. After all, nobody should be left in the hands of these criminal organizations.”

Italy has warned frequently of the consequences of the civil war in Libya, which would escalate the crisis of illegal migration to Italy.

Previously, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned of the mounting humanitarian crisis in Libya as the war forced over 75,000 people to flee their homes, killed hundreds and wounded thousands others.

Notably, Eni, an Italian multinational oil and gas company, has incurred losses due to the tension that Tripoli has witnessed since April 4 between the eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).


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