Italy presents UN with draft on migrant smuggling

'We need legal framework to strike at traffickers'

(ANSA) - Warsaw, May 6 - Italy has presented European members of the United Nations Security Council with a draft proposal for ways to combat migrant traffickers, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in the Polish capital Wednesday.
    The aim of the proposal is to obtain a "legal framework allowing us to strike at migrant traffickers," he said.
    Also on Wednesday, European sources said next Monday's Security Council meeting will be a "first step" to assess what kind of mandate might be needed for European operations against migrant traffickers.
    It is not likely that meeting will come up with a resolution, the sources said.
    European High Foreign Representative Federica Mogherini will present a May 18 council of EU foreign ministers with various security and defense options, as requested by an extraordinary European summit held after a deadly April 18 Mediterranean shipwreck in which as many as 700 migrants were feared dead.


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