AU Wants Libya To Ensure Safety Of African Migrant Workers

The African Union, AU, has reiterated its ‘deep concern’ with the proliferation of weapons originating from Libyan military depots and their impact on regional security and stability, urging the new Libyan authorities to take measures to protect Africans migrant workers there.

The AU Peace and Security Council rose from its meeting Thursday recalling assurances it received from the leadership of the Libyan National Transitional Council, NTC, which, among other things, stressed its commitment to protect all foreign workers within Libya, including the African migrant workers. It appealed to member states and partners to cooperate with the Commission towards the early holding of a pledging conference to mobilize resources for the socio‐economic reintegration of the migrant workers into their countries of origin.

The NTC also pledged to give priority to national unity and to bring together all Libyan stakeholders, without any exception, to rebuild the country.

In a communiqué issued in Addis Ababa, the council said it had also decided to authorize the new authorities in Libya to take Libya’s seat in the AU and its organs.

The council said it had authorized the Chairperson of the Commission to take the required measures for the early establishment of an AU Liaison Office in Tripoli, to be headed by a Special Representative, to assist, in cooperation with the United Nations, the League of Arab States and other stakeholders, in the efforts to stabilize the situation in Libya.

The Liaison office will also assist in the promoting national reconciliation and facilitating the transition process towards democratic institutions, building on the relevant provisions of the AU Roadmap.

On the proliferation of weapons, the council noted with satisfaction the growing realization, within the international community, of the gravity of the threat they posed.

It urged partnership with the UN and all countries concerned towards the early convening of a regional conference to facilitate regional coordination and cooperation and related efforts.

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