Arab and international Since 2017-05-03 at 09:28 (Baghdad time)
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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has announced that his country will not support a project to set up camps in Libya to host migrants trying to reach Europe.
Gabriel said in a joint press conference with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mohammed, in Addis Ababa, that the migrants live in "appalling conditions" inside the camps in Libya, adding that the construction of additional camps will not be a solution, according to " .
An agreement signed last February between Italy and the Libyan government with the support of the United Nations, under which the European Union funds the camps, to reduce the departure of illegal immigrants to the European continent.
But the Tripoli appeals court suspended the agreement on March 22.
"This is not compatible with the political vision of Germany or the European Union," Gabriel said, "What we are trying to do instead is to stabilize the countries of the continent."
"It is very difficult to set up camps to contain the flow of this number of people. This has never been a good solution," said the African official, who said that in the vast areas of the Sahara and Sahel.
The 550,000 immigrants arrived in Italy between 2013 and 2016, and 37 thousand since the beginning of the year. More than 4,500 migrants were killed or missing in 2016 as they tried to cross the Mediterranean.