Treaty on Friendship, Partnership and Cooperation Between Italy and Libya: New Prospects for Cooperation in the Mediterranean? (Analysis)

Documenti AIA: N Ronzitti, The Treaty on Friendship, Partnership and Cooperation Between Italy and Libya: New Prospects for Cooperation in the Mediterranean?

Excerpt:

“Art. 19 of the Treaty calls for two things in … respect [to the fight against illegal immigration, in particular via sea]. On the one hand, previous agreements and protocols on immigration, in particular those stipulated in 2007, are to be implemented, and the approximately 2000 km of Libyan coast patrolled by mixed crews on patrol boats provided by Italy. Six patrol boats are supposed to enter into operation on 15 May 2009.10 On the other, Libyan land borders are to be controlled by a satellite detection system jointly financed by Italy and the European Union. The system is quite expensive – even though the financial commitment has not yet been determined– but it does not involve the deployment of Italian police forces.”

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