As early as October, the Italian government’s intervention in Libya will be launched, according to Mario Giro, Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, after the government agreed with more than 20 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Italy on the operation. Meanwhile, in the North African countries, fighting began, the Libyan positions of the Islamic State (IA) terror organization were found by US rockets from a Sicilian base.
Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano also met with NGOs in crisis areas and representatives of the Italian Red Cross. They informed them of the venues and security conditions of the Italian government’s humanitarian mission. The mission is to improve the “terrible” conditions of Libyan migrant camps, according to international organizations, providing health care and medical care.
Twenty-three Italian NGOs, some of whom are already present in Libya, indicated their willingness to cooperate. The Italian government plans to work 6 million euros.
Mario Giro said humanitarian intervention could start in October, according to an earlier agreement between Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Prime Minister Fájez esz-Shararaj, leader of the Libyan National Unity Government.
He stressed that, after three years, the UNHCR (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will return to Libya, which they would have to leave for security reasons in 2014.
Giro added, the aim is to improve the circumstances of the Libyan camps reminding of the current prisons, “of course, with the cooperation of the Libyan authorities”. He noted that, in the same way, the Libyan National Unity Government controlled camps located within camps.
Roberto Mignone, the representative of the UNCHR in Libya, told the Italian Senate Human Rights Committee that he was planning to establish a “transit center” in Tripoli for “the most vulnerable” refugees, ie families, elderly people, women, children and people with disabilities. The transit point will be able to accommodate a thousand people at once, from where they can be moved to a third country. He added that Libya estimates the number of people in need of humanitarian aid to 1.3 million, including half a million in Libya. The head of the UNCHR noted that there were no interviews in the Libyan camps so far, so they were judged on the basis of citizenship, who could be a refugee and not a refugee.
Italy is already present in Libya with two military missions: it has two warships involved in controlling the Libyan coasts and operates a camp hospital in the MISRA area. A planned third Italian mission could go to southern Libya in the coming months to protect the borders there.
In Libya, in the meantime, fighting between government troops and fighters of the Islamic State revived. According to Italian press reports, Syria and Iraqis fleeing in Libya are trying to strengthen their jobs.
Of the Italian-American military base in Sicily, Sigonella, four days ago, four drone strikes started in the Szabrá area of Libya against IA’s jobs: they lost twenty terrorist lives.
This will also be the case of General Halif Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army in Rome, on the eastern part of Libya. In meetings – not specifically promoted by the Italian government – Halifa Haftárt is received by the Minister of the Interior, the Minister of Defense and the Secret Service. The number one partner of the Italian government continues to be the Lebanese government, led by Fájez esz-Szarrádz, recognized by the United Nations, but it is equally important to develop cooperation with General Haftar, as Russia and Egypt also support it.
Source: MTI / Picture: 888.hu /