Skip to Content

African migrants in Rome. Screenshot from YouTube

Secret agreement between Malta and Libya to repel migrants?

Apparently, according to the elites, the only country that cannot make agreements with Libya to control immigration is Italy.

Published: November 11, 2019, 8:35 am

    When in 2017 Rome tightened a Memorandum of Understanding with Tripoli on the thorny issue of migrants, the international community immediately pointed the finger at the content of a pact that was considered “inhuman” and “cynical”.

    Today, after two years and with some good results, some politicians in the current Italian coalition have started to lament the “radically and profoundly changed” collaboration that does not take into account the conditions of the “Libyan detention centers, where torture is practiced and there is no respect for human rights”.

    Laura Boldrini, is one of them. She is an Italian politician and former United Nations official, who served as President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy. Previously she served as Spokesperson to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for Southern Europe.

    The migration crisis continues, while Italy, crushed by the sense of guilt, pushes to modify its agreement with Libya, but it turns out that one of the countries that had pointed the finger at Rome is behaving just like the Italian government.

    The rumor was reported by The Sunday Times of Malta and concerns Malta itself. The island, tired of the influx of migrants, is said to have negotiated a deal with Libya in great secrecy. And the content is clear: the armed forces of Malta can coordinate with the Libyan coast guard to intercept the migrants who left Libya and headed for the island.

    The fate of the migrants currently heading for Malta, is a return to where they started in Libya. The agreement, which has been called “mutual cooperation” was reached between the Armed Force of Malta (AFM) and the Libyan coast guard, with the government official Neville Gafa acting as intermediary.

    Gafa, the daily continues, is one of the key men behind the agreement. In the past he received numerous allegations of corruption linked to the issuance of medical visas to Libyan citizens and was accused of presenting himself as “special envoy of the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat” during the summits that took place with the Libyan government.

    He has also been denounced for having met a leader of the Libyan militia who managed the extortion of migrants inside a private detention center, the same center where sympathizers and officials of the old Libyan regime were held.

    According to the reconstruction of the facts, during one of these meetings, namely the one held last June 18, Gafa had allegedly taken part in important talks with the Libyan Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmed Maiteeq,

    Also according to the Sunday Times of Malta, the talks between Gafa, the Libyans and the Maltese army had even started a year earlier. In any case, an anonymous source of the Maltese government explained to the newspaper how the secret agreement works between Malta and Libya.

    “We were able to reach an understanding with the Libyans. When there is a ship heading towards our waters the AFM coordinates with the Libyan coast guard. The latter collects them and brings them back to Libya before they enter our waters and become our responsibility. If this agreement had not existed, we would have been overwhelmed by migrants.”

    Malta has meanwhile tried to distance itself by saying that bilateral meetings with Libya take place regularly, and that the island always acts “in compliance with international laws and conventions”.

    In Italy, so-called “progressive” magistrates have been forcing the government to set a more lenient immigration agenda. In fact the progressives have determined the new course of the Interior Ministry run by Minister Luciana Lamorgese and reopened the ports to NGOs.

    And the policies suggested to the government on the immigration front, noted Eugenio Albamonte, public prosecutor: “Overcome the closed port policy, restore the residence permit for humanitarian reasons and allow the registration of asylum seekers, reactivate the SPRAR [Sistema di protezione per richiedenti asilo e rifugiatireception] system”.

    Albamonte added: “We need to interrupt the overlap of the theme of immigration, which is a social issue, with that of criminal politics and security. A counter narrative must be made about this, because there is no migration emergency and there is no crime related to migrants.”

    In short, the magistrates are determined to dismantle Matteo Salvini’s security decrees and to reverse the course wanted by Salvini.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      Nothing surprising here. Malta is tired of being a dumping-ground for illegals being ferried by a revived “migrant express” from Libya, and so has made the deal reported here with the Libyan government. It is indeed ironic that this is being done as the Italian government, under pressure from the PD and other hard-core leftists in M5S, the other party to the coalition, are trying to undo former Interior Minister Salvini’s measures to limit migration. And thus what the Malta agreement will likely end up doing is to ensure more illegal migrants are dumped in Italy. At least until the Italian people have had enough of it.


    Record numbers of Moroccans vainly apply for Dutch asylum

    The HagueMoroccans are increasingly applying for asylum in the Netherlands, while the chance of a residence permit is almost zero.

    Report: Norway is facing increasingly high immigrant crime rate

    OsloA wave of gratuitous violence has rattled inhabitants of the capital Oslo. The publication of a controversial report, which documents the correlations between criminality and the country of origin of criminals, raises a number of concerns.

    Doping agency WADA bans Russia from international competitions

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) informed the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) that Russia will be banned from major sporting events for four years.

    Mild sentences for ‘youths’ who tried to torch policemen

    Thirteen young adults - all from migrant backgrounds - appeared in court in the French department of the Essonne, to receive only soft sentences for their heinous acts.

    Is transgender child Spain’s new Greta Thunberg?

    He says that he has been transgender since the age of four: "Elsa" has been invited to convince a Spanish regional assembly to pass laws for the LGBT community.

    Turkey gives German tanks to jihadists

    German newspaper reveals that Turkey has transferred German-sold Leopard 2 tanks to a Turkish-backed "rebel group" in Syria. This is in violation of the end-user terms of the sales agreement and German law regarding arms exports. The rebel group is made up of radical Islamists who want to introduce an Islamic state under Sharia law and have previously committed repeated war crimes. Intelligence sources now warn of the consequences of training jihadists to use an advanced tank, which is the main weapon in several European armies.

    In Italy’s legal Roma camps almost no one pays municipal taxes

    RomeThe complaint of the councilor of the League, Silvia Sardone was made public: "It is the umpteenth shame for a left that continues to be mocked by the nomads."

    NGO rescue vessel Alan Kurdi entered Italy by evading controls

    The ship of the German NGO has been in Italian waters since late afternoon on Tuesday, well before Rome's authorization arrived to give the vessel the green light.

    Brussels launches new struggle against ‘Afrophobia’

    BrusselsThe EU watchdogs have a new favorite enemy: the perpetrators of "Afrophobia". The notion has been at the basis of a resolution adopted by the European Parliament in March in order to afford privileged protection to the "fundamental rights of people of African descent in Europe".

    NATO needs a billion dollars to keep AWACS in the air

    BrusselsIt was NATO secretary Jens Stoltenberg himself who reported that a billion dollars would be needed to extend the operational life of the AWACS. AWACS is the acronym for the US Airborne Warning and Control System, an airborne alarm and control system.

    Go to archive