UNITED NATIONS – Libya's ambassador to the United Nations is largely rejecting a European Union plan to fight the growing migrant crisis by seizing smuggling ships in Libya's territorial waters and even on land, and he says his Western-backed government hasn't even been consulted.
In an interview Friday with The Associated Press, Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi said the best way to calm the migrant crisis is to arm the internationally recognized government in a country that has fractured. A rival regime backed by Islamist-allied militias has taken the capital, Tripoli.
And the ambassador warns that if there is no progress in U.N.-led peace talks, his government "has to take necessary steps even to take the capital by force."
Security Council diplomats have said Libya's blessing is needed for the EU migrant plan.