Libya allows emergency migrant ‘evacuations’ amid slave scandal

November 30, 2017 (3 weeks ago) 7:52 am
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(LtoR) Gabon’s President Ali Bongo, French President Emmanuel Macron, King Mohammed VI of Morocco speak with Guinea-Bissau’s Prime Minister Umaro Sissoco Embalo as they attend the 5th African Union – European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, on November 29, 2017 © AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO

, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Nov 30 – Libya agreed Wednesday with EU and African leaders to allow migrants facing abuse in detention camps to be evacuated within days or weeks, French President Emmanuel Macron said.

The decision was taken after Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara called for “all urgent measures” to end slave trading and other migrant abuses in Libya at an EU-Africa summit in Abidjan.

The leaders of Libya, France, Germany, Chad, Niger and other countries “decided on an extreme emergency operation to evacuate from Libya those who want to be,” Macron told reporters after their talks on the sidelines of the summit.

“Libya restated its agreement to identify the camps where barbaric scenes have been identified,” Macron said, adding Libya’s UN-backed President “Sarraj gave his agreement that access be assured.”

African Union, European Union and United Nations officials at the meeting offered increased support for the International Organisation of Migration “to help with the return of the Africans who want it to their home countries,” said the French leader who called the meeting.

“This work will be carried out in the next few days, in line with the countries of origin,” he said.

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