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Maltese FM: Migrant departures may increase due to Libya violence

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VALLETTA – Migrant departures from Libya may increase due to a deterioration of the security situation, Malta’s Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela told a Parliamentary committee on Monday.

Abela told his country’s House Committee for Foreign and European Affairs that the situation on the ground in Libya had worsened since August 26, with various armed militias operating in Tripoli and other areas.

He said there was currently no reason for alarm when it came to Maltese citizens currently in Libya. Furthermore, he stated that the groundwork for ensuring their safety will change according to circumstances.

Abela reaffirmed Malta’s support for the UN Support Mission in Libya. In response to questions by Opposition MP Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici, he said the UN was already working on the ground to ensure the integrity of the electoral process for the planned elections in Libya on December 10.

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