Chief of Libyan Army General Khalifa Haftar ruled out use of military force to curb the flow of illegal migrants from African shores to European lands in view of the hostile situation in north African countries like Libya. Speculations of the cooperaton of the Libyan Army and the European Union (EU) to join forces in stemming the undocumented migration of men, women and children were rife. Haftar reiterated the claim that authorities in Libya had not been consulted on the issue. In any case, use of military force is not going to be a solution.
The EU has been at loggerheads with authorities in Libya and other countries in Africa serving as emigration points for migrants. There has been a huge influx of men, women and children from countries facing turmoil in Africa. They are desperate to get across to European shores to get away from poverty and violence in their country. In their desperation, they cross the Mediterranean Sea in rickety boats not worthy of sea-travel. Over 900 people were found dead when one such vessel collapsed in the sea.
The limited resources that the EU has are put to test by the great influx of migrants. This is sought to be countered by military action against smugglers involved in smuggling human cargo across the Mediterranean. The proposed action is going to involve the governments of north African countries.
Haftar said military action against Libya is not going to solve the problem. The crisis in Libya is to be seen as the part of a big problem. Haftar did not give his reactions when confronted with questions of confrontations with EU forces on Libyan shores.