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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 - 8:32
EU backs migrant crisis naval force
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EU ministers have approved plans to establish a naval force to combat people-smugglers operating from Libya.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the aim is to launch the operation next month, with a headquarters in Rome under an Italian admiral.

The EU is struggling to cope with a surge in illegal migrants from Africa and the Middle East crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe.

The UK is playing the lead role at the UN Security Council in drafting a resolution that would give the EU a legal basis for using military force against people traffickers.
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