EUBAM Discusses Cooperation with Libyan Border Guards

EUBAM Discusses Cooperation with Libyan Border Guards
EUBAM Discusses Cooperation with Libyan Border Guards

On Sunday, the Head of the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) in Libya, Natalina Cea, met with the Libyan Border Guards managers. They discussed joint cooperation on border security and surveillance efforts.

The Head of EUBAM accompanied by Commander Fawzi Al-Fiqi made a follow-up visit to the specialized training center which is under rehabilitation and maintenance in the framework of a mission project.

According to EUBAM, when ready, the training centre could host almost a hundred trainees from all Libyan’s regions.

Last week, EUBAM began a basic training course on Criminal Intelligence, for the Libyan Border Guards.

In a tweet, EUBAM said that this training “comes in the framework of the support to the Libyan border authorities, and in cooperation with the Spanish National Police.”

It added that the training aims to improve the “gathering, analysis, and distribution of information, and will be followed by the delivery of specialised equipment.”

Last year, EUBAM said that representatives of Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, “consider cross-border cooperation as an important way to ensure border management.”

The representatives of the six countries united at a regional conference in Tunis, where they noted that cross-border cooperation is “a fundamental prerequisite to a successful strategy to counter complex cross-border challenges, such as terrorism and organised crime.”

“Now the focus turns to ensure that we remain actively engaged. EUBAM Libya’s priority is to continue this dialogue further with the countries of the region,” EUBAM tweeted.

Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader Moammar Gaddafi in 2011. The county has for years been split between rival administrations, each backed by rogue militias and foreign governments.

The current stalemate grew out of the failure to hold elections in December, and the refusal of Prime Minister Abdelhamid Al-Dbaiba, who is leading the transitional government, to step down. In response, the country’s eastern-based Parliament appointed a rival Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha, who has for months sought to install his government in Tripoli.