Joseph Walker-Cousins, former head of the British Embassy in Benghazi, accused the EU of doing “too little, too late” in regards to the migrant crisis.
Giving evidence at the House of Lords’ EU External Affairs Sub-Committee, the diplomat said the officials should have been patrolling Libya’s land borders 1,400km to the south.
But instead, he claimed, they chose to deal with migrants only when they were a “stone’s throw from Europe”.
Ultimately, the breakdown of border control is down to the collapse of the functioning government in Libya, he remarked.
Now a senior fellow at the Institute for Statecraft think-tank, Mr Walker-Cousins was critical of the failure of Western governments, including Britain, for failing to offer “leadership” after prompting the collapse of the Gadaffi regime.
According to the Mail, Mr Walker-Cousins said: “Up to a million migrants, if not more, are in the pipeline. They will take a long time to work their way through that pipeline but it is well-established.”The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was working to end the Libyan smugglers’ businesses, with 414 boats destroyed and 109 traffickers arrested.Mr Walker-Cousins said he didn’t want to completely blame the EU for the crisis, but maintained there was a lack of care.
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