‘Time for UN to act’ Italy orders action on migrant crisis after losing patience with EU

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

Italy has demanded the United Nations (UN) takes the lead on the ongoing migrant crisis, after finally losing patience with the European Union (EU).

Tue, Aug 8, 2017

The country’s foreign minister said it was time for the UN to “tackle” the situation in Libya, with thousands of people every month making their way across the Mediterranean Sea.

Angelino Alfano said it was time for the UN to face “reality” and to help stop the people trafficking and drowning.

He said: “It is time for the UN to show its strategic role in the international chessboard.

“There is a need for action at several levels: in the Libyan region, it is necessary to facilitate a wider dialogue between the actors involved in a common and peaceful road map and to reiterate to neighbouring countries the need to abandon conflict.”

He called for the UN to help bring calm to Libya, something he believed would help stem the migrant crisis.

Mr Alfano said: “[We need] an essential contribution to tackle the migratory phenomenon that mainly depends on the stabilisation of Libya.

“The reality of the country is undeniable: illicit trafficking may, unfortunately, prove to be a source of enrichment and weakening of the fragile Libyan institutions.

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