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Gadhafi Suggests EU-Funded Program to Combat Illegal Immigration

As noted on Euromed-Migrasyl, in an interview with Der Spiegel, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has suggested that the EU pay Libya €5 billion “to combat illegal immigration”:

“SPIEGEL: In recent years, thousands of people have drowned as they tried to flee from Africa across the Mediterranean to Europe. What can you do to help end this tragedy?

Gadhafi: The European Union should annually pay Libya €5 billion ($6.6 billion) via a special fund to combat illegal immigration. We have a precisely calculated plan to solve this problem.

SPIEGEL: What kind of plan is this?

Gadhafi: We will organize housing and employment projects in the refugees’ African countries of origin so they remain there. We will do the same for those who are already in Libya, give them a place to live and create jobs for them. Furthermore, we are bolstering our border security on land and water with modern radar equipment and vehicles.”

During the interview Gadhafi also called for dissolution of Switzerland and said that his “closest friend in Europe is Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.”

Click here for Der Spiegel article.

Click here for second article.

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Swiss End Financial Support for UN Refugee Programme in Libya (News)

The Swiss Foreign Ministry confirmed that it has discontinued its financial support for a UNHCR programme in Libya which provides assistance to migrants in Libya.

Switzerland had contributed SFr 520,000 between 2007 and 2009 to the programme.

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