On Sunday, Italian Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano said that Italy had welcomed the French proposal to hold a Security Council meeting in regards to the disposition of the illegal migrants in Libya. According to a statement by the Italian Foreign Ministry, Alfano discussed with French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian on France’s vision of a joint UN action in regards to illegal immigration, and to counter the human trafficking issue in Libya.
Last week, France called for a meeting of the Security Council to discuss the ill-treatment of illegal immigrants in Libya, in response to the CNN report alleging the existence of a slave trade market near Tripoli.
On Monday, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said that the Italian government calls for the presence of United Nations organizations and non-governmental organizations in the detention shelters for illegal migrants in Libya.
During his meeting with UN envoy Ghassan Salame in Tunis, Gentiloni praised the Libyan local authorities openness to the possibility of international organizations supervising and managing immigrant and refugee centers in Libya. He stated that “one year ago, the Libyans did not accept the presence of international organizations in the refugee camps” ; adding that it was “impossible” to work on the voluntary repatriation program for migrants and to establish humanitarian corridors in Libya.