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EU limits the sale of inflatable boats to Libya in a bid to stop the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean

Posted on Monday, 17th July 2017 @ 08:33 PM by Text Size A | A | A

 

The EU is limiting the sale of inflatable boats and outboard motors to Libya in an effort to stop dangerous migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean.

Foreign ministers agreed to allow member countries to ban such export or supply ‘where there are reasonable grounds to believe that they will be used by people smugglers and human traffickers’.

A statement said the measure will also apply to boats and motors transiting through the EU – though not to fishermen or others with legitimate need for them.

The EU is limiting the sale of inflatable boats and outboard motors to Libya in an effort to stop dangerous migrant trafficking across the Mediterranean

Foreign ministers agreed to allow member countries to ban such export or supply ‘where there are reasonable grounds to believe that they will be used by people smugglers’

The foreign ministers also agreed to extend a border aid mission in Libya through the end of 2018 that helps Libyan security forces, notably in the lawless south.

Last week, a senior EU envoy urged Beijing to restrict the sale of inflatable dinghies that he said are used by trafficking gangs to carry migrants on treacherous sea journeys to Europe. 

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