Italy focuses on Libya mission to manage migrant crisis

2017-08-01 17:49


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Milan - Italy is putting its hopes for managing the migrant crisis on a new, Libya-requested mission to support its coast guard, despite suffering a rebuke by humanitarian groups.

Italian government ministers are scheduled to brief parliamentary committees on Tuesday on a mission approved by the Cabinet to deploy the Navy to aid the Libyan coast guard in its territorial waters.

Premier Paolo Gentiloni says the mission could become a "turning-point" in Italy's bid to manage unrelenting migrant flows. The UN migration agency says 94 445 migrants have arrived in Italy this year, through July 26, up 7% over last year.

The government's bid to get about 10 humanitarian groups to sign on to new rules of conduct failed when at least four, including Doctors Without Borders, refused to sign.

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