Malta’s Foreign Minister: It’s not wise to create another transitional government in Libya

In an interview with Malta Independent newspaper, Maltese Foreign Minister Ian Borg said he didn’t think Malta’s position is far from whoever says that there are non-safe aspects about Libya for immigration, adding that the capital closest to them, geographically, is Tripoli, more so than Rome.

“We were born here, in Malta. We are close to Libya and one tries to have the best relationship with their neighbours.” Borg added, saying the Maltese government does well to continue strengthening its relationship with whoever could contribute for Libya to be stable.

Borg said that the problem in Libya is that it is an enormous country and has a wealth of resources and so there are countries and businesses that have an interest in what happens in Libya.

“We are not suggesting that another government comes in and leads Libya. We want the Libyans to agree on a Constitution, agree on the political project they want to move forward on, and after doing so, head for an election.” He indicated.

Borg also said that there is no political stability in Libya, adding that there is a transitional government in there, but asked: “Is it wise to create another transitional government?

“We need to push this current government that was trusted by the international community to go for an election that was meant to have been held over a year ago. That is what we are insisting, but in the meantime we cannot not cooperate.” Borg explained.

Borg indicated that Malta is working with the UN Secretary General and also with the UN Special Representative of Libya Abdoulaye Bathily to encourage the Libyans to hold elections.


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