EU wants Turkey, Libya to help with illegal immigration

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In a recent meeting of EU justice ministers in Stockholm, the European Justice Commissioner, Jacques Barrot (pictured), said that the EU is seeking new negotiations with Turkey and Libya to try to curb illegal immigration into Europe.

The commissioner told reporters that he planned on going to Libya after the summer break, and then would go on to Turkey in the fall.

Specifically, the EU is asking that Libya sign the Geneva Convention on human rights and to better protect persecuted people and would assist in making it easier for asylum seekers to begin their process while still in Libya.

While Turkey is probably more likely to want to cooperate, as it is an EU candidate state, Libya is asking for over 200 million euros, according to the Agence France Presse. While this does seem like an extraordinary sum, Tripoli apparently needs the cash to better patrol its land borders with Niger and Chad.

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