Angelo Del Boca is a historian on Italian colonialism and an expert on Libya, with dozens of essays and monographs on the history of Libya and Gaddafi. We asked him about the so-called “peace agreement” signed last Friday between the three Fezzan tribes — Awlad Suleiman, Tebi and Tuareg — at the Italian Ministry of Interior Affairs last Friday, personally overseen by Minister Minniti.
According to Minister Minniti, whoever rules southern Libya has the means to control and govern the African migratory routes. What do you think?
The claim would be almost exact. I say almost because not all migration flows come through southern Libya. Unfortunately, many crises and armed conflicts are exploding in Africa, starting with the longest one in Nigeria, and the conflict in the Congo.
And let’s not speak of the disaster to which we contributed in Libya itself and soon after that, in Syria. But the statement is rather unwise because the Libyan Fezzan is a 5,000 kilometer border almost entirely of sand.