ABIDJAN – The leaders of the United Nations, the European Union and the African Union, in addition to several representatives of European countries agreed on Wednesday night to conduct emergency evacuation operations for victims of human trafficking in Libya.
UN, EU and AU leaders were all in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, for the fifth AU-EU summit.
Concerns for mainly sub-Saharan people being held in inhumane conditions by human traffickers in Libya arose when footage obtained by the American network CNN showed migrants being sold at a slave auction.
Chair of the African Union Commission, Moussa Mahamat of Chad, met with European Union leaders and said at the end of the Euro-African summit “In coordination with the European Union (EU), the UN together with the IOM (International Organization of Immigration) we will establish a Working Group to act quickly,” and evacuate 3,800 immigrants from Libya.
The chairman of the African Union, Guinean president Alpha Conde, assured that Morocco – and other European and African countries – will charter planes to Libya for the return of the migrants.
“In Libya there is no State,” said Condé, who indicated that Libyans are willing to give the right of access to traveling airplanes.