ROME, NOVEMBER 29 – Strong satisfaction was expressed today by the Italian Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano, for the role that Italy played in facilitating an agreement with the UN Refugee agency in Libia. “I am very satisfied that Italy, thanks to the diplomatic action of our Embassy in Tripoli, has facilitated reaching an agreement for UNHCR activities in Libya in favour of the categories of migrants that are most vulnerable and most in need of international protection before being relocated to the Third Countries that have expressed their willingness to host them”, Alfano said in a note on the Ministry website.
Yesterday, during a briefing of the security Council, the Italian Permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi mentioned the agreement. Alfano said that the deal will step up the relocation procedures thanks to the services of an ad hoc gathering and departure office managed with the Libyan Ministry of the Interior’s Department to Combat Illegal Immigration, providing for humanitarian assistance and assuring the safety of migrants and handling the procedures for their departure. “For years we have been saying that the aim is to make a selection of those in need of international protection on the other side of the Mediterranean, while guaranteeing full respect for human rights. The agreement with the UNHCR marks a very significant step in the right direction,” the Italian MFA said. (@OnuItalia)