Italian PM says military intervention 'cannot be a solution' in Libya

Italian PM says military intervention
# 13 April 2019 14:57 (UTC +04:00)

Italy’s prime minister has said any foreign military intervention in Libya would not resolve the latest conflict in its former colony, warning that it might trigger a refugee exodus across the Mediterranean, ONA reports citing Reuters.

“A military option cannot be a solution,” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in an interview with local media.

He said talks involving all sides should be held in a bid to halt the fighting, which has driven at least 4,500 Tripoli residents from their homes.

Conte said any potential military intervention could push many Libyans to flee across the Mediterranean towards southern Europe. At the moment, Libya is mainly used a transit spot for migrants from Sub-Saharan countries.

“There is a serious risk that a humanitarian crisis mounts,” he said.