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Libya: EU, Italy’s immigration requests approved, says Terzi

Minister Giulio Terzi hailed the EU Foreign Affairs Council’s approval of a document on integrated border controls “that responds to Italy’s requests to the letter”. The document confronts immigration with strategies common to all 27 Member States as urged by Italy in a letter signed by Minister Terzi and EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Malmstrom. “The EU recognizes the serious security challenges Libya is facing”, the document reads, “The EU reiterates its readiness to provide further assistance, including through CSDP if appropriate, in the areas of security and border management, in close partnership with Libya’s new democratic authorities and in coordination with UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the rest of the international community,” it adds, “Establishing secure and stable borders is key to ensuring well-managed migration”.