NEW YORK, APRIL 19 – Reiterating its concern for the smuggling of migrants and human trafficking that endanger the lives of thousands of people in the Mediterranean Sea, Italy remains committed to rescuing distressed people at sea and helping the thousands migrants who reach our shores (8.500 people were rescued during the Easter weekend), the Italian Permanent Representative to the UN Sebastiano Cardi told the UN Security Council calling upon the international community to put together a stronger common effort to enhance the capacity of the Libyan authorities to disrupt criminal networks that exploit illegal migration flows.
“Italy – also through its leadership role in the EU Operation Sophia – is working in partnership with Libya to jointly address this common challenge, fostering cooperation in the area of the prevention of illegal immigration, human trafficking and smuggling, border security, based on a comprehensive approach. It is a key step toward better management of migration flows, which will also sustain the stability of Libya, its neighboring countries and the Mediterranean”, Cardi said.
Focusing on the international efforts toward reconciliation, the Italian Ambassador mentioned that the Embassy in Tripoli is engaging with all Libyan Parties, including the East and the South. “We are regularly reaching out to the East, actively promoting dialogue and reciprocal understanding with key political and security figures, including Gen. Haftar”, Cardi said: “Within this framework, we are also stepping up our humanitarian help by offering medical treatment in Italy to injured Libyans involved in the fight against terrorism. And we are planning to step up our diplomatic presence in the East with an honorary Consulate and visa office in Tobruk”.
The briefing was opened by the UN Special representative Martin Kobler: “The Political Agreement can be amended but there is no alternative to it”, he said. Kobler called upon all Libyan Parties to work for reconciliation: “History does not tolerate a power vacuum. Armed groups are gaining power and Libya is witnessing new and heightened violence”. (@OnuItalia) .