EU officials say they doubt whether Libya has a workable plan to prevent migrants leaving its Mediterranean coast for Europe’s shores. Tripoli has requested the EU provide new equipment and boats for its coast guard.
European Union diplomats told the Reuters news agency on Thursday that Libya lacked a clear plan on how to stop the expected and increased migrant flow across the Mediterranean Sea this summer.
Reuters cited a confidential EU assessment that was prepared for EU defense ministers, who met for a second day on Thursday in Malta on security and defense cooperation, with Libya top of the agenda.
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