ROME, MAY 23 – On his way back from Tripoli, where he spent last weekend visiting center of detention for migrants and asylum seekers, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees stopped in Rome for meetings wit the Italian authorities.
“Important talk with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on improving rights-based responses to refugee and migrant flows in Libya and other transit countries:”, Grandi stated on Twitter. The High Commissioner met the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano: “Cooperation in Libya”, was one of the issues on the agenda with a special focus on improving the conditions in detention centers for refugees+migrants a common priority.
Grandi visited Tripoli on Sunday (21 May). During his stay, he was shocked at the harsh conditions in which refugees and migrants are held, generally due to lack of resources, he said: “Children, women and men who have suffered so much already should not have to endure such hardship.”
Some 300,000 Libyans have been displaced by ongoing conflict. In all, more than 1.3 million people – including internally displaced people (IDPs), as well as vulnerable Libyans, host communities, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers – are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
Alfano confirmed to Grandi Italy’s support to the UNHCR plan for Libya to whom the Italian government will contribute with 10 million Euros coming from the Fund for Africa. “Italy supports the intention of the High Commissioner to increase the organization presence in the country and expand its range of action”, Alfano said. He stressed the importance that “people in Libya understand that cooperating with institution, UN agencies included, has practical and immediate advantages”. (@OnuItalia)