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'They Left Us in the Dark': Libya on EU Plan to Attack Migrant Smugglers

© AP Photo / Alessandro Di Meo/ANSAMigrants crowd and inflatable dinghy as rescue vassel " Denaro " (not in picture) of the Italian Coast Guard approaches them, off the Libyan coast, in the Mediterranean Sea
Migrants crowd and inflatable dinghy as rescue vassel  Denaro  (not in picture) of the Italian Coast Guard approaches them, off the Libyan coast, in the Mediterranean Sea - Sputnik International
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Tripoli disapproves of the EU plan to launch a special operation against ships carrying migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, Libya's envoy to the United Nations (UN) Ibrahim Dabbashi said Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The EU is currently looking for a UN mandate to authorize military action to detain or destroy vessels that are part of human trafficking networks in the Mediterranean.

"The Libyan government has not been consulted by the European Union. They have left us in the dark about what their intentions are, what kind of military actions they are going to take in our territorial waters, so that is very worrying," Dabbashi told the BBC World Service's Newsday program.

Migrants, who are trying to reach Greece, are rescued by members of the Greek Coast guard and locals near the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes April 20, 2015. - Sputnik International
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According to Dabbashi, it is not clear either how the EU maritime rescue services will distinguish fishermen’s boats from traffickers' ships.

Later in the day, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is expected to address the UN Security Council to give details about the proposed resolution on the issue.

On Wednesday, the European Commission is scheduled to release the European Agenda on Migration which will include proposals on legal migration quotas and other measures to tackle the influx of undocumented migrants into the European Union.

The move comes amid a sharp increase in maritime migration to Europe from North Africa and the Middle East. The Mediterranean Sea is a key route for migrants fleeing conflicts in Syria, Eritrea, Nigeria and Somalia.

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