ROME, SEPTEMBER 8 – In interviews with La Stampa and ANSA, the Italian MFA Deputy Minister Mario Giro proposes involving NGOs in detention centres to avoid “condemning migrants to hell”.
Plan will soon be allotted six millions Euros, while another three millions will go to Libyan cities. The move is part of the Italian government third “soft” phase, after Interior Minister Marco Minniti’s clamp-down during the summer, the code of conduct for NGOs and the collaboration with the Libyan CoastGuard. In the meanwhile, Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti agreed with the French-German proposal for European stabilisation plan for all Sahel countries as “migration does not only concern Libya, but the whole of Africa”.The plan envisages cooperation and development with the Sahel countries.
Italy is aiming to improve conditions in Libyan migrant detention camps working with NGOs, Deputy Foreign Minister Giro told ANSA. Italy’s aid
department will launch a six-million-euro tender “very soon, before the end of September,” he said. “The Libyan authorities will be totally involved too, asking them to give us access,” Giro said. Aid and rights groups have complained that a recent Italian deal with Libya to stop migrant crossings has left migrants languishing in harsh conditions in Libyan camps. Rome has vowed to help improve conditions there. (@OnuItalia)