“Arab spring”: Libya´s borders are a security threat for Mali and other african countries.
African Security News.- Photo of Lybian PM Ali Zeidan
The prime ministers of Algeria, Libya, and Tunisia agreed on Saturday to improve security along their common borders in order to fight illegal trafficking of weapons and drugs.
Meeting in the western Libyan border town of Ghadames, the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and his Tunisian and Algerian colleagues said that the agreement would include setting up joint patrols and checkpoints along the frontiers.
They also expressed concern over the expansion of islamo-extremists in Mali, where an international campaignto crush Tuareg extremists and islamic terrorists of Al Qaeda who near one year ago seized the north of the country, including Timbuktu, and now these extremists are marching toward South Mali.
Mali does not share a border with Libya but the country has been deeply affected by the illegal trafficking of weapons from the libyan war taken by extremist Tuareg “arab spring” soldiers with the suspected assistance of Al Qaeda AQIM.
Security on Libya’s borders has deteriorated since the 2011 so called “arab spring” war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, with its southern regions struggling with smuggling, terrorists, lingering unrest and insecurity.
Due to internal anarchy, Libya’s General National Congress last month ordered the temporary closure of the country’s borders with Chad, Niger, Sudan and Algeria and declared seven southern areas restricted military areas.
This week, Zeidan talked with his colleagues about border security and normalizing traffic at the key border crossing of Ras Jedir, due to tunisian riots in Ben Guerdane.
Tunisian protesters want the Ras Jedir crossing reopened so that trade with Libya, on which most of the town’s population depends, can start again. Libyan authorities opened the crossing briefly on Thursday but shut it because of the terrorist security threat.