Moscow fears 'Libyan scenario' may repeat thru UNSC illegal immigration resolution

A possible resolution in the UN Security Council addressing illegal immigration issues must be considered to the last detail so that it does not create an opportunity for violations, as that happened after the adoption of the UN resolution on Libya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

A possible resolution in the UN Security Council addressing illegal immigration issues must be considered to the last detail so that it does not create an opportunity for violations, as that happened after the adoption of the UN resolution on Libya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

"The mandate of such an operation will have to be spelled out to the last detail because we do not want the ambiguity, which became a source of flagrant violations of the known resolution on Libya adopted in 2011, to repeat itself," Lavrov said at a press conference after negotiations with his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni.

Russia confirmed its interest in contributing to the resolution of the illegal immigration problem, in particular, at the UN Security Council, Lavrov said.

The UN Security Council has suspended the elaboration of the illegal immigration resolution due to consultations with the Libyan authorities on the possibility of a military operation.

"As we have been told, European Union representatives are holding consultations with the lawful Libyan authorities recognized by the UN, these are the authorities seated in Tobruk, where the Chamber of Deputies and the government are operating," Lavrov said.

It is necessary to clarify certain issues, for instance, because the EU wishes to receive a mandate for an operation both in the high seas and in the territorial waters and on the land of Libya, among them the territories beyond control of the Tobruk authorities which are controlled by the forces "concentrated in Tripoli", he said.

Lavrov hopes that "during the debate at the Security Council, the Security Council members and the EU as a whole will take into account the statements and ideas which have been recently put forward by the UN Secretary General, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the head of the International Organization for Migration."

These ideas aim to improve immigration processes, especially in the context of the flow of illegal immigrants via Libya, he said. It is also important to take into consideration the opinion of "multilateral and field-specific experts," Lavrov underlined.

 

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