World Bulletin / News Desk
There is no “magic solution” to the migrant crisis facing the European Union in the Mediterranean, the EU’s foreign policy chief has claimed.
Federica Mogherini was speaking as EU foreign ministers gathered in Luxembourg on Monday after the drowning of around 700 migrants off the Libyan coast on Sunday.
The bloc could call for an emergency summit later this week Mogherini told reporters ahead of Monday’s meeting in Luxembourg.
"I felt it was our moral duty to concentrate our responsibility as Europeans to prevent these kinds of tragedies from happening again and again," said Mogherini. "We must build a common sense of European responsibility ... knowing that there is no easy solution, no magic solution," she added.
Human rights organizations have repeatedly criticized European leaders for their decision in November last year to shut down the EU's Mare Nostrum search-and-rescue operation, which used to save migrants, including children, who were at risk of drowning.
The European Union now runs a more limited operation called Triton under the bloc’s Frontex border controls agency.
Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni Silveri told reporters ahead of Monday’s meeting: "We need more resources both for monitoring and rescuing in the sea. We need more resources also for the reception of migrants."
"Today and in the next meetings in the next days all European Union (member states) will understand that our reputation is at stake," Silveri said.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said ahead of the meeting that the Frontex border controls agency needs to be developed and that the EU should also share the burden of helping refugees.
"I will also make sure EU member states share the responsibility of helping refugees in (a) much more even way and fair way until today," said Wallstrom. Sweden has already pledged to accept thousands of Syrian refugees escaping the civil war.
British foreign secretary Philip Hammond told reporters that the EU must target criminals involved in people trafficking.
"We have to tackle them. We have got to work upstream in the countries from which these people are coming and we are determined to put an end to this vile trade," Hammond said.
Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer, head of the conservative CSU party, had openly clashed with Merkel at the height of the mass migrant and refugee influx in 2015.
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