ROME/NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 27 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, spoke on the phone with French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, after arriving in Canberra, where he is paying a three-day visit. The “terrible images” of cruelty and mistreatments in the detention centers for migrants in Libya was on the agenda of the conversation, following France’s request to urgently discuss the issues in the UN Security Council. The meeting will be held Tuesday at 9 o’clock.
“Minister Le Drian contacted me to outline a common effort we are planning at the UN on the theme of migrants and combating human trafficking in Libya,” said Minister Alfano. He continued: “Italy has long been committed on this front and fully agrees with the importance of maintaining the attention of the international community high on this issue. This is precisely why we have dedicated the qualifying meetings of our Presidency of the UNSC to security in the Mediterranean, Libya – which I have wanted to chair personally – refugees and migrants and, only a few days ago, to human trafficking.”
Italy holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council for the month of December. “The terrible images of the cruelty on migrants crossing Libya are before us and deeply affect us. We therefore welcome Paris’s proposal to deliver a briefing to the Security Council on the situation of migrants in Libya as additional food for thought. We are certain that France, in the meeting that we have scheduled for next week, will be able to give added value and make a constructive contribution to our action in the Security Council and we are ready to work together on joint projects.” (@OnuItalia)