8 de agosto de 2017
Italy has demanded the United Nations (UN) takes the lead on the ongoing migrant crisis, after finally losing patience with the European Union (EU). The country’s foreign minister said it was time for the UN to face “reality” and to help stop the people trafficking and drowning.
Italy has demanded the United Nations (UN) takes the lead on the ongoing migrant crisis, after finally losing patience with the European Union (EU).
The country’s foreign minister said it was time for the UN to “tackle” the situation in Libya, with thousands of people every month making their way across the Mediterranean Sea.
Angelino Alfano said it was time for the UN to face “reality” and to help stop the people trafficking and drowning.
He said: “It is time for the UN to show its strategic role in the international chessboard.
“There is a need for action at several levels: in the Libyan region, it is necessary to facilitate a wider dialogue between the actors involved in a common and peaceful road map and to reiterate to neighbouring countries the need to abandon conflict.”
He called for the UN to help bring calm to Libya, something he believed would help stem the migrant crisis.
Mr Alfano said: “[We need] an essential contribution to tackle the migratory phenomenon that mainly depends on the stabilisation of Libya.
“The reality of the country is undeniable: illicit trafficking may, unfortunately, prove to be a source of enrichment and weakening of the fragile Libyan institutions.
“We will also insist on the crucial revival of the Libyan economic system to secure peace, legality and well being.”
Italy appears to have lost patience with its European Union allies in dealing with the migrant crisis.
Last month Emmanuel Macron announced a plan to create French migrant processing centres in Libya before being swiftly blocked by his rivals.
Mr Macron said: “No country can take all the economic migrants.
“The idea is to create hotspots to avoid people taking crazy risks when they’re not all eligible for asylum.”
However, officials within his government are believed to be railing against the proposal due to concerns about security in Libya.
Judith Sunderland, a specialist on migration issues at Human Rights Watch said: “There is a total lack of detail. This has surprised many people, including the European Commission. It’s not clear what Macron has in mind.”
Already this year 110,000 have crossed from North Africa to Europe, usually arriving in Italy.
Around 2,300 have died or are missing presumed dead while making the dangerous voyage, often in rusting ships or overladen rubber dinghies.