Fri 1 Feb to Fri 31 May 2013 to be announced

EU helps Libya control its border blamed for extensive trafficking

Catherine Ashton, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton

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The European Union (EU) launches a so-called "crisis management concept" to help Libya control its 4,000 land border blamed for trafficking of all kinds. 

The move is said to be the first step in setting up a civilian security mission in the country, which could be launched before the summer.  

"A civilian mission to build Libyan capacities in border security and management is not only important for Libya, but for the entire region," said EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton following a January meeting of the EU foreign ministers. 

European experts are expected to help Libyan authorities enhance border security by advising, mentoring and training. In a later stage, the mission should also help improving sea and air aspects.

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