The spokesman for the Libyan Navy, Ayoub Qassim, said the international community is pressing Libya into taking full responsibility for the illegal migrants while European countries are shutting down their ports in the face of illegal migrants.
“Illegal immigration is not acceptable whether in Libya or in Europe, especially with the endeavors of the NGOs to push it forward with their propaganda campaigns.” Qassim said in a TV interview.
He explained that Libya won’t take in any illegal migrants who weren’t rescued by the Libyan coastguards, saying Libya is facing a very dangerous plot that has started to unveil given the current pressure exercised on the country to make it a settlement place for the illegal immigrants.
“Those who leave Libya illegally via the sea should be criminalized as it is very perilous to their own lives and those who make it should be brought to justice. This is how the human rights organizations should deal with the migrants in order to protect them from such dangerous behavior. Not by taking them into wooden boats at the mercy of the human traffickers.” Qassim remarked.
He said the Libyan coastguards had saved over 200 illegal migrants at the end of last December, saying the Libyan migration law of 2010 should be activated.
These remarks came as several European countries had refused to allow two boats of a German NGO with illegal migrants on board to dock at their ports.
Maltese authorities allowed the two boats, after the give and take of the European countries, to enter its territorial waters with 49 migrants on board suffering from very terrible health conditions but denied them entry to its ports.