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EU may help Libya secure borders and disarm militias

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Countries of the European Union (EU) received a paper from officials working for the EU foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, suggests helping Libya to strengthen its borders and disarm militias.

The document shows the EU intentions to start detailed talks with Libyans within 90 days after the installation of the Government of National Accord (GNA) to send civil or military mission to disarm, demobilize, reintegrate militias, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives, HoR, has turned down the government suggestion submitted by the United Nations special envoy, Bernardino Leon.

The document suggests 6 actions to strengthen security in Libya, some require authorities’ approval, after government is formed, others will be undertaken away from the Libyan political situation, as they don’t need prior coordination.

According to the plan, EU could send civil observers or Local contractors trained by European officers to monitor the truce between the factions on the ground. In addition to providing Libya with aids worth 100 million Euros.

In case the government isn’t formed, the document asserted that intensifying European protection efforts on the Libyan borders will be needed, as Libyan borders became a gate for migrants and extremist groups trying to reach Europe.

The European Union may adopt a broader border protection initiative that includes Tunisia and Niger.

An EU official said that the paper will be discussed at the next regular EU foreign affairs meeting scheduled on Nov. 16th..