Germany offers support to Libya's UN-backed government

'We do not want a Libya that becomes a plaything for international interests,' says Merkel

Germany offers support to Libya's UN-backed government

World Bulletin / News Desk

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged greater support for Libya’s UN-backed unity government and called for a closer cooperation in addressing the refugee crisis.

“We do not want a Libya that becomes a plaything for international interests,” Merkel stressed at a joint news conference with Fayez al-Sarraj, head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government, following their talks on Thursday in Berlin.

She said Germany was ready to increase its support for UN-led efforts in Libya, with the hope that Libyan people would be in a position to address their own problems and define their future.

Expressing grave concern over the poor living conditions of over 500,000 undocumented migrants in Libya, Merkel urged authorities to cooperate with the UN.

“I have called on the prime minister to grant access to international organizations UNHCR [UN refugee agency] and IOM [International Organization for Migration] with the goal of improving the terrible conditions in the camps. Germany will provide financial support for the work of these organizations, “ she said.

Berlin announced earlier this week that it was planning to allocate additional €120 million ($141 million] for refugee programs in Libya.

Merkel said Germany was also to provide financial support for the programs facilitating the return of undocumented migrants from Libya to their home countries in Africa.

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