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Borrell says EU hopes to launch new Libya naval mission in April

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ZAGREB –  The European Union hopes that a new naval mission in the eastern Mediterranean will be operational for the month of April, replacing the previous ‘Operation Sophia’ and focusing on the arms embargo in Libya.

This was stated by the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, in a press conference from Zagreb, where EU foreign ministers will meet this Thursday and Friday.

Borrell has expressed his wish that in March the ministers can close the details to “conclude and approve” the mission and hopes that the EU “can launch it in April”.

“We have to ensure that we can manage the latest difficulties,” he added.

On February 17 the new operation in the Mediterranean was agreed by the EU countries, after reaching a pact to prioritize the task of the arms embargo in Libya, leaving at secondary place the rescue of migrants at sea.

“Sophia was a good initiative, everything has an end and now it will be replaced by another one focused on the arms embargo, but if you find people in the middle of the sea you have to manage it,” Borrell said

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