Mogherini and UN Special Representative for Libya discuss security, migration and EU-UN cooperation

January 25, 2017
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EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met yesterday in Brussels with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler. They exchanged views on the political and security situation in Libya, and on the regional initiatives to support a political, inclusive solution in the country.
Mogherini and Kobler discussed the perspectives of intensifying cooperation to support such a solution which should be to the benefit of all Libyans. In this respect, they discussed EU-UN cooperation also together with that of other regional actors with a view to overcoming the obstacles to finding a negotiated outcome to the many challenges that Libya faces.   

The High Representative also updated the Special Representative on the EU’s comprehensive efforts to tackle the challenges of irregular migration along the Central Mediterranean Route, which focus on saving lives at sea and tackling traffickers and smugglers. She underlined the importance of assisting migrants, including with their protection, including by engaging with Libyan authorities and international organisations to improve the conditions of migrants inside Libya – and promoting migration governance in Libya, whilst tackling the root causes of migration.

In this regard, Mogherini also updated UN Special Representative Kobler on the training of the Libyan Coast Guard by EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia.
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