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EU parliament head in Libya urges trafficker 'blacklist'

AFP  |  Tripoli 

in has called for a "blacklist" of people smugglers to be set up to help stem the flow of migrants from to

The is grappling with the issue of migration from and the and hammered out a controversial plan last week to curb the number of arrivals.

People traffickers in have taken advantage of chaos in since the 2011 ouster of Moamer Khadafi to send people on the perilous voyage northwards across the Sea.

"We have to establish a blacklist of the major traffickers... so that police and in Africa and in can work together on a common objective," Tajani said yesterday after meeting the of Libya's internationally backed government in

"If we do not manage to destroy these criminal organisations, it will be very difficult to fight against illegal immigration." and have until now recorded the biggest numbers of migrants crossing the to reach the

Tajani also suggested that refugee centres be set up "on the border between and Libya" which could separate out genuine asylum seekers from "economic migrants".

But with the route through shutting down as the Libyan increases patrols, people smugglers are setting their sights westward to routes from to

Libya is split between rival factions, with the UN-backed under Fayez al-Sarraj in opposed by strongman in the east of the country.

A deal between Libya's vying leaders was brokered in May by to hold elections this year, but scepticism remains that the vote will go ahead.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 03:25 IST