Libyan parliament warns against global migration compact

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Libyan eastern-based House of Representatives (parliament) on Monday said that any treaty unrecognized by Libya is unbinding.

The parliament issued a statement regarding the UN Intergovernmental Conference on Migration held in the Moroccan city of Marrakech in last December, in which more than 150 countries adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

“We announce that any document or treaty that was unrecognized or not adopted by the House of Representatives is not a legal obligation to the state and will not be referred to in procedures,” the parliament said in a statement.

The statement warned that the Libyan government is against “taking any procedure with long-term commitments or imposing a legal reality that contradicts the Libyan laws in force before the country holds legislative elections.”

The parliament called on the international community to support development in countries of origin of migrants.

Thousands of migrants, mostly Africans, chose to cross the Mediterranean to Europe from Libya because of the insecurity and chaos in Libya.