Migrant smuggling undermines peace, security in Libya – Kuwait

NEW YORK, The continued smuggling of irregular migrants into, through and from Libyan territory contributes to undermining peace and stability in Libya, Kuwait’s mission at the United Nations said on Friday.

This came during a speech delivered by the First Secretary Abdulaziz Al-Ajmi at a Security Council session after the adoption of resolution 2491 on the inspection of ships off Libya’s coasts, suspected of migrant smuggling and human trafficking.

Al-Ajmi called on countries to support the UN efforts by providing these migrants with safe shelter until their asylum applications are processed or to assist them until their return home.

This would contribute to maintaining the security and stability of Libya and its territorial integrity and ensure non-interference in its internal affairs.

He welcomed the resolution, mentioning that Kuwait voted in favour due to the “importance of addressing the challenges posed by the smuggling of migrants and human trafficking in the Mediterranean, off the Libyan coast.” He also praised the efforts of the UK as the country responsible for the Libyan issue.

Source: Kuwait News Agency