Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti is trying again: “We will form a pact to stop human traffickers.” On Thursday, he returned to Tripoli where he met with Prime Minister Fayez al Serraj and 13 mayors of Fezzan and Tripolitania, the two Libyan regions most affected by the passage of migrants.
Minniti promised to the representatives of local authorities aid for the reconstruction of administrative capacity destroyed by years of civil war in exchange for a collaboration that, in reality, rather than fighting criminal organizations, would eventually stop the flow of direct migrants to Europe. If achieved, this would lower the pressure on Italy, which has struggled for months to address high numbers of landings.
The first, the Libyans were willing to work with the minister, but they oppose the creation of refugee camps in the south of the country, convinced it would have a negative impact on the safety of the area, as explained by the mayor of the city of Murzuk in Fezzan. “We want Italy to help with the security of the southern borders through the technology it owns,” the mayor explained.