Libya Says will not be Europe’s Border Guard

Agence France Presse (AFP)26.01.2012 Libya
Libya Says will not be Europe’s Border Guard

Libya Says will not be Europe’s Border Guard

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Libyan Interior Minister Fawzi Abdelali said his country will not be the border guard of Europe, citing “enormous problems” over the influx of thousands of illegal immigrants.
“Libya needs a lot of means to control immigration. Libya is not the border guard of Europe,” he told a news conference.

Abdelali called upon Europe and neighboring countries to help deal with the flow of immigrants.

He specifically asked for help to rehabilitate 19 detention centers and a system of border surveillance.

The regime of slain dictator Muammar Qaddafi used immigration as a means to pressure the West.

A year ago, he called for 5 billion Euros annually for the European Union to stop the trafficking.

For years, Libya has been a destination and a transit country to European shores for hundreds of thousands of African immigrants.

 

Source: AFP

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