Italian officials, including Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa, said yesterday that the Italian-Libyan friendship treaty signed in 2008 by Prime Minister Berlusconi and Gaddafi should be revived once a new government takes power in Libya. The head of the Libyan National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, has previously said that the provisions of the treaty, including the migration control provisions, would be respected by the new Libyan government. Italian Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Alfredo Mantica, is quoted by ANSA as saying that “the first duty of Italy will be to update the part [of the treaty] relating to migration” as soon as the situation in Libya has stabilized. [“Mantica ha spiegato che ‘il primo dovere dell’Italia sarà quello di aggiornare la parte che riguarda i flussi migratori’ del Trattato di amicizia italo-libico, non appena la situazione in Libia si sarà stabilizzata.”]
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Italian Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa stated that “the Italy-Libya treaty is effectively defunct, inoperative, suspended.” In addition to the migration control provisions, the treaty also contains provisions which forbade Italy from participating in military actions again Libya.
La Russa also said that the Italian Finance Police officers who under the terms of the treaty were assigned to Libyan patrol vessels engaged in anti-migrant patrols have been withdrawn and are present at the Italian embassy in Tripoli.
After yesterday’s incident involving the two Libyan Air Force defectors who landed their Mirage fighter jets in Malta, Italy placed its air bases on high alert, specifically the bases at Trapani and Gioia del Colle (Bari). Italy has also deployed several naval vessels, including an electronic warfare ship, towards Libya. Italian Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa characterised the events as routine, saying there was no specific alarm, but measures needed to be taken to prepare for a possible fall of Gaddafi.
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