Libya threatens EU over illegal immigrants

Illegal migrants rest at the immigration center on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

Libya’s interim interior minister said Saturday Tripoli could “facilitate” those people seeking to get to Europe illegally unless the European Union helps it combat the problem.

“I’m warning the world and Europe in particular — if they do not assume their responsibilities, Libya could facilitate the transit of this flood” of immigrants towards Europe, Salah Mazek told a news conference.

He said Libya was “suffering” because thousands of mainly sub-Saharan Africans were spreading disease, crime and drugs in the North African nation.
The regime of former strongman Muammar Qaddafi — deposed and killed in the 2011 uprising — turned on and off the flow of illegals as a way of exerting pressure on Brussels.

Shortly before the uprising erupted in February that year, he demanded five billion euros a year from the European Union to solve the problem.

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The EU is far too incompetent to respond in a coherent way. Expect the Africans to keep right on arriving.