EU plans meeting after latest Mediterranean migrant tragedy
The French president has called for an emergency EU meeting in response to what he called the “worst catastrophe in recent years” in the Mediterranean: Over 600 migrants are feared dead after their boat capsized.
Speaking Sunday on French television, Francois Hollande called for a meeting of the bloc’s foreign and interior ministers to deal with the mounting problem of African migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.
“If confirmed, this would be the worst catastrophe in recent years,” said Hollande, hours after news surfaced that up to 700 migrants had drowned when their boat capsized in the Strait of Sicily just off the Libyan coast.
Hollande called for “more boats, more aerial surveillance and an intensified fight against trafficking,” condemning those who organize the voyages as “terrorists” because “they know the boats are lousy … and put hundreds of people in danger.”
After hearing of the tragedy, Pope Francis appealed to the international community to take “swift and decisive action” to avoid more migrant disasters.
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Source News: DW