Italy bemoans EU 'cooperation deficit' on migrants - update

Rome awaits 'strong signal' after latest disaster

(see related) (ANSA) - Rome, May 12 - Italian Justice Minister Andrea Orlando on Monday complained of a "cooperation deficit" at the European Union and international level after many people were killed in a migrant-boat disaster near Lampedusa. "We await a strong signal," he added. "A leap forward is needed". Rome has complained the EU is not doing enough to help Italy police a key part of its southern border, which thousands of migrants from North Africa head for every year. Some 400 migrants died in two boat disasters near Lampedusa in October.


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