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Migrants: Italy-Libya-Niger-Chad-Mali started "Control Room"

Rome - Better monitoring of land and sea borders, creating a high-level security Task Force, helping to foster local economies and setting up new camps for illegal migrants with the assistance of OIM and UNHCR. These were the key shared issues discussed in the second "Control Room" meeting of the Ministers of Home Affairs of Italy, Chad, Libya, Mali and Niger which took place on the morning of August 28 in Rome. The Ministers expressed their "satisfaction" for the agenda of the Paris Summit on the same day which, they declared, had the potential to "build the beginning of a new relationship between Europe and Africa".

The Ministers reasserted the need to "bolster land and sea border control capabilities by activating mechanisms to support training and operations of border guards". They agreed that "strengthening national institutions in each single country was crucial for fighting terrorism and human trafficking", said the Italian Ministry in a note. Having appreciated "the progress of Libyan authorities, and of the Coast Guard in particular, in saving human lives at sea and fighting human trafficking", the Ministers "reasserted their backing of the peace agreements between the southern tribes in Libya and confirmed the importance of helping Libya create a border guard".