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Mattarella: need to counter radicalisation, boost development in Libya

18 dicembre 2020 | 23.55
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Measures to foster inclusive and sustainable development and to counter radicalisation are needed in Libya, especially ones aimed at the war-ravaged country's youth, Italy's president Sergio Mattarella said on Friday.

"The conflict in Libya and other war zones produces a tragic trail of death and human suffering but also transnational threats, terrorism and radicalisation," Mattarella told diplomats in Rome.

"We need to tackle the deep-seated problems that fuel these phenomena. Alongside measures to fight them we need inclusive and sustainable models of growth and development, starting with adequate investment in education, health, culture and youth."

Following the cease-fire agreed in October between Libya's warring sides, the country's various political factions agreed last month to hold national elections on 21 December next year.

The former Italian colony was plunged into chaos after the Nato-backed ouster of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. With the support of foreign powers, a myriad of armed groups and allied political factions have been jostling for power in the oil-rich country, which has had rival administrations in Tripoli and in the east since 2014.

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