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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 12:42
EU urges UN to back migrant crisis plan
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EU foreign policy chief appealed for UN backing for Europe's plan to confront the Mediterranean migrant crisis by using military force against smugglers.

EU foreign policy chief addressed the UN Security Council as it prepares to endorse a controversial European Union plan aimed at stemming a record tide of refugees making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean.

This year alone, more than 1,800 people have drowned when boats run by migrant smugglers have capsized in the Mediterranean, a 20-fold increase over the same period last year.

Already 2015 is shaping up as the deadliest ever for refugees seeking to reach Europe through the Mediterranean.
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