New Libyan Government Stopping Immigration to Lampedusa

“Libya says stops hundreds of Italy-bound migrants,” by Francois Murphy, for Reuters:

Libya’s government said on Monday it intercepted hundreds of Africans bound for Italy on a fishing boat, though the migrants said they were tricked and a Libyan official said the skipper cooperated with the authorities.

Interior Minister Fawzi Abd al All told a news conference it showed the new interim government was serious about tackling illegal migration to Europe, despite its limited means following months of civil war.

“This sends a strong message to the whole world that the new Libya is completely different,” said Abd al All, adding that late leader Muammar Gaddafi used a threat of letting migrants sail for Europe as a way to “blackmail” Western governments.

Libya under Gaddafi was a muster point for sub-Saharan Africans hoping to enter Europe illegally in search of work. Gaddafi’s government secured financial and other benefits from the European Union, and Italy especially, in return for helping stem the flow of people making the short but perilous journey…

The announcement was unexpected in a country where the central government is still weak and faces a significant challenge in disarming the many local militias that still roam the land and continue, occasionally, to clash with one other…

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