Libya to discuss EU plan on migrants

Libya will discuss solutions over migrant smuggling proposed by the EU

Libya to discuss EU plan on migrants

World Bulletin / News Desk

Libya's internationally recognized government said on Thursday it will send a delegation to discuss with European Union authorities proposals for controlling migrant smuggling, saying its territorial sovereignty was a "red line" in any operation.

With two rival governments and their armed factions battling for control, the North African state is in chaos and has no real naval force to tackle an increasing flow of illegal migrants smuggled from its coast to Europe.

"A ministerial committee will visit the EU to inform them of the solutions proposed by the government. The government has its own alternatives," government spokesman Hatem Oraibi said. "Libyan sovereignty and territorial waters and airspace are a red line."

The air force commander of the recognized government earlier warned European countries that any vessels entering Libyan waters without permission would be targeted by air strikes.

The internationally recognized government has operated out of the east since last summer when a force called Libya Dawn took over the capital Tripoli, declared its own government and reinstated the old parliament in a challenge to the elected House of Representatives.

The self-declared National Salvation government has also expressed "deep concern" over EU migrant plans.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Haziran 2015, 15:22