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Air strike, civil conflict… is Libya still a safe place?

(B2) After the deadly airstrike on a migrant detention camp in Libya, attributed to Marshal Haftar's forces, it will be difficult for anyone to defend any landing in Libya, or to let the Libyan coast guard seize migrants or refugees on board a ship in international waters.

The European policy defined since the Malta summit to entrust transit countries (Turkey, Morocco, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia) with the task of blocking immigration towards the European continent has had some success. At the cost of setting aside certain principles. But this tolerance on values ​​has a limit which has been crossed today.

The European Union can no longer bury its head in the sand. It must clearly lay down this rule that the return of migrants and refugees to Libya is not only not recommended, but clearly prohibited. And that anyone who violates these rules should be held responsible.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).