Italy says “no” to military intervention in Libya

epa07417637 Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte speaks during a joint press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (not pictured), during their meeting in Belgrade, Serbia, 06 March 2019. Premier Conte is on an official state visit to Serbia. EPA-EFE/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said any foreign military intervention in Libya would not resolve the latest conflict in its former colony, warning that it might trigger a refugee exodus across the Mediterranean.

Conte insisted that a military option cannot be a solution in an interview with Italian daily Il Fatto Quotidiano and in it warned that there is a serious risk of a humanitarian crisis in Libya.

He said talks involving all sides should be held in a bid to halt the fighting, which has driven at least 4,500 Tripoli residents from their homes.

Conte said any potential military intervention could push many Libyans to flee across the Mediterranean towards southern Europe. At the moment, Libya is mainly used a transit spot for migrants from Sub-Saharan countries.

The current Italian government has repeatedly criticised the 2011 NATO intervention that ousted former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, saying it created insecurity and chaos in the country and did nothing to bring peace.

Via Reuters/Il Fatto Quotidiano

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