Italy and Malta say European Union Press Libya about Maritime Migration

“Italy and Malta say EU must press Libya to stop boat migration,” by Steve Scherer for Reuters:

Italy on Monday called on the European Union to press Libya to stem the gangs smuggling migrants from Africa on overcrowded boats and prevent shipwrecks like the one that killed hundreds last month.

More than 360 people drowned off the coast of Sicily on Oct. 3. The mostly Eritrean migrants had sailed from Libya, where smugglers mistreated them and made them pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to be carried to Europe.

“There needs to be an EU initiative with Libya to try to manage differently patrols and border controls,” Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said after meeting Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in Valletta…

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