Q – Following the announcements made yesterday at the AU-EU summit in Abidjan, how will the evacuation of migrants who are victims of trafficking be organized in practical terms in Libya and how will France take part in this?
A – France condemns the violence and inhuman treatment suffered by migrants and refugees, especially in Libya. That’s why it took the initiative to call for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on November 28, which made it possible to take stock of migrant smuggling and human trafficking and to consider ways to provide a global response to this crisis. France calls for an end to impunity in Libya and supports the use of individual sanctions and the international criminal courts to prosecute individuals guilty of human trafficking and migrant smuggling.
France pays tribute to the commitment of the heads of state and government present in Abidjan at the AU-EU summit, and the announcement of the creation by the EU, the UN and the AU of a joint task force to respond to this tragic situation.
This approach is in line with the initiatives carried out by France in accordance with the joint statement adopted on August 28 by France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the European Union, Niger, Chad, and Libya. On November 16-18, France conducted an initial mission in Niger in conjunction with the IOM and the HCR to organize the return of refugees “evacuated” from Libya. France hopes to see other European countries join it in this effort.
It also believes that Libya’s political stabilization is crucial to ending this trafficking. The international community must support the UN mediation effort in this regard in order to strengthen Libyan security and legal institutions, thereby placing the country in a position to act.