Renzi says Mare Nostrum needs EU reinforcement

Jurisdiction quibbles 'not possible in 2014'

(ANSA) - Rome, July 4 - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said at a Friday press conference in Rome that Italy's Mediterranean search-and-rescue operation Mare Nostrum will continue but will require European support.
    Speaking at a press conference with European Commission chief José Manuel Barroso, Renzi said "Mare Nostrum continues because a civilized population does not set adrift a boat with children, but saves them", Renzi said, adding that Italy needs "reinforcement" from Frontex, the EU border-control agency.
    "It's not possible that in 2014 a ship full of children is allowed to capsize because we don't know whose jurisdiction it is", the premier said.
   

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