Libyan Interior Minister Fawzi Abdelali said Tuesday his country will not be the border guard of Europe, citing “enormous problems” over the influx of thousands of illegal immigrants.
“Libya needs a lot of means to control (immigration). Libya is not the border guard of Europe,” he told a news conference.
Abdelali called upon Europe and neighbouring countries to help deal with the flow of immigrants.
He specifically asked for help to rehabilitate 19 detention centres and a system of border surveillance.
The regime of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi used immigration as a means to pressure the West.
A year ago, he called for five billion euros annually for the European Union to stop the trafficking.
For years, Libya has been a destination and a transit country to European shores for hundreds of thousands of African immigrants.