Tripoli has not confirmed the information about the slave trade in Libya

© AP Photo / Manu BraboРазрушенные barracks Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya. Archival photoTripoli has not confirmed the information about the slave trade in Libya© AP Photo / Manu Brabo

The Minister of foreign Affairs of the government of Libya massoglia Muhammad Siyal said that there is no sufficient confirmation of the information about the slave trade in the country, but authorities are conducting an investigation on this issue.

«With regard to any cases of trafficking and slavery, they are not entirely confirmed, however, the presidential Council began its investigation into the matter. If they are really determined responsible and guilty people, confirmed such rumors, then they will apply the most severe punishment, according to Libya’s laws. We make great efforts to solve this problem, including in a multilateral format,» said Shining after talks with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

According to him, the theme of human rights violations and illegal migration is a big problem in Libya, and today the number of refugees and internally displaced persons in the country of 500 thousand people, of which only 21 thousand is in the reception centres of refugees in Libya 24. «Now we are working together with the EU, the African Union and other regional organizations for the return of the African Arab refugees to their countries,» added Shone.

He also noted that the problem of illegal migration can be solved in a number of ways, including in cooperation with the European Union, which have an important role to play in assisting Libya in border control on the southern border of the country. «Only the presence of a coast guard of Libya in the Mediterranean sea will not be enough to discourage illegal migration», — said the Minister.

According to him, another way to reduce the problem of illegal migration can be financing small projects in the countries where these refugees go, the creation of additional jobs.

After the overthrow and murder in 2011 during armed conflict, Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is experiencing a period of acute crisis. The country is in dual power — in the East in the city of Tobruk, sits a Parliament elected by people, and in the West in the capital Tripoli ruled formed with the support of the UN and Europe, the government of national consent headed by Fathom Barragem. The authorities of the Eastern part of the country operate independently from Tripoli to cooperate with the national army led by Khalifa Haftarot that leads a protracted war with the militants.

Dual power and the collapse of security in Libya has led to the growth of activity of armed insurgent groups and terrorist organizations. Due to the lack of Central authority and a unified army in Libya has become a hub for the smuggling and transshipment point of illegal migrants from Africa to Europe.