Libyan Prime Minister of the Parliament-designate Government, Osama Hammad, emphasised his government’s support for the Libyan National Army (LNA) in its efforts to combat illegal migration to North Mediterranean countries.
In a statement released on Monday, Hammad praised the LNA’s role in fighting terrorism and preventing the infiltration of individuals and groups through internationally recognised migration routes. Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar is the Commander-in-Chief of the LNA.
Hammad also acknowledged the significant efforts made by the Libyan army, including its officers and soldiers, in repatriating numerous migrants to their home countries in a manner consistent with human rights and funded from the army’s budget.
The Libyan Prime Minister warned all parties attending the International Conference on Development and Migration in Rome to respect Libyan sovereignty. He warned them not to make any decisions or recommendations that would lead to demographic changes in Libya through the resettlement of migrants in Europe.
Hammad affirmed that the Libyan government will take all necessary measures to respond to any violations of Libyan sovereignty, particularly as the government is the legitimate authority appointed by the House of Representatives (HoR).
He also stated that the participation of the rival Libyan Government of National Unity (GNU) in the conference is illegal, as the GNU has long exceeded its term in office.
He added that his government will take legal and judicial action against anyone involved in arranging promises or agreements related to the resettlement of migrants in Libya, considering it an act of treason against the country.
Notably, Italy designated €16 million to Libya and Niger to tackle human trafficking and manage migration flows. The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated €8.5 million to three projects in Libya and €7.5 million to three projects in Niger.
These projects aim to train local authorities to manage migration in line with human rights standards, provide courses for migrants and host communities, and facilitate voluntary return operations.
Additionally, activities to support the school system in Libya will create new educational opportunities for both migrants and the communities hosting them. The High Council of State (HCS) advocates for developing countries that are sources of migrants as the radical solution to the problem.