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EU-Libya: still no solution for migrants

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On 24 January 2017, the High Representative Federica Mogherini met in Brussels with the United Nations Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler.

Two top ranking international civil servants Federica Mogherini and Martin Kobler exchanged views on the political and security situation in Libya, and on the regional initiatives to support a political, inclusive solution in the country. According to EU diplomats there were no suggestions for similar to EU-Turkey migrant deal.

Mogherini updated the Kobler on the EU’s  efforts to tackle the challenges of irregular migration along the Central Mediterranean Route, which focus on saving lives at sea and tackling traffickers and smugglers. HR underlined the importance of assisting migrants, including with their protection, and by engaging with both Libyan authorities and international organisations to improve the conditions of migrants inside Libya.

In this regard Mogherini also updated the UN Special Representative Kobler on the training of the Libyan Coast Guard by EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia. In spite of the cheerful tone of both civil servants there is no effective solutions proposed to resolve the problem of migrants flows from Africa.

Fabrice Leggeri, head of Frontex called for urgent need of intense political and diplomatic efforts to change the situation in .

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