Italy: UN presence in Niger, Sudan can help migrant crisis

April 22, 2015 2:05 PM

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ROME (AP) — Italy pressed the European Union on Wednesday to devise concrete, robust steps to stop the deadly tide of migrants on smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean, including considering military intervention against traffickers and strengthening the presence of U.N. refugee offices in countries bordering Libya and elsewhere in Africa.

"We know where the smugglers keep their boats, where they gather," Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti told Sky TG24 TV in an interview. "The plans for military intervention are there."

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