Migrants at the Njila detention center near the airport in Tripoli, Libya | Photo: EPA/STR
Migrants at the Njila detention center near the airport in Tripoli, Libya | Photo: EPA/STR

The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj announced it will move migrant centers under Tripoli's control from coastal areas to the country's interior, in an effort to cope with human trafficking.

The interior ministry of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), led by the resigning Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, announced on its Facebook page that it will move migrant centers under Tripoli's control to the country's interior in order to deal with human trafficking.

The post said that during a meeting on Sunday at the interior ministry office of Undersecretary for Illegal Immigration Mohamed Al-Shaibani, "a deal was made to put a plan in place presented by the Authority for the Fight Against Illegal Migration."

What the plan includes

The plan consists in "closing reception centers along the coast and using other centers outside the coastal cities to try to control this problem, making use of patrols in the desert."

According to figures from July provided by UN refugee agency UNHCR, a total of 2,400 people were being detained in 11 migrant "detention centers" in Libya managed by the Tripoli government through the "Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration" (DCIM).

However, there are also "unofficial" and "unauthorized" facilities about which the UN and other organizations do not have precise information.

UNSMIL says talks in Geneva for 'permanent' ceasefire

Meanwhile, on Monday the fourth round of talks of the Libyan (5+5) Joint Military Commission (JMC) got underway with the intention to agree upon a "complete and permanent" ceasefire in Libya.

The talks will conclude on Saturday, according to a statement on the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) website. "UNSMIL hopes that the two delegations will reach a solution to all outstanding issues in order to achieve a complete and permanent ceasefire across Libya," the statement said.

Two weeks ago, speaking at a high-level meeting on Libya on the sidelines of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio highlighted the need to restart JMC talks for a ceasefire deal and to institute demilitarised zones in the Libyan cities of Sirte and Jufra.

Di Maio spoke of these needs on the basis of talks that took place in Hurghada, Egypt, among GNA military and security representatives and the LNA, the so-called Libyan National Army led by General Khalifa Haftar.

 

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