Migrants on a wooden boat await rescue by the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) in the central Mediterranean in international waters off the coast of Sabratha in Libya, April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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France will set up processing centers in Libya for asylum-seekers trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean, President Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday.Officials in the French presidency cast doubt on whether the centers could be established that quickly, saying the security conditions were "not yet in place".Macron's announcement came two days after he brokered talks in Paris between the leaders of the two rival authorities in the war-torn country, who committed to a conditional cease-fire.Macron said he would send officials from the French asylum bureau to help out in Italy.Judith Sunderland, Human Rights Watch's Associate Director for Europe, said the idea of establishing hotspots in Libya and other countries outside Europe was not new, but it was fraught with danger.
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