U.N. says EU must do more to save migrants, admit refugees

April 23, 2015 12:13 PM

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Europe must urgently set up an effective rescue operation for migrants at sea and commit to receiving significantly higher numbers of refugees, top U.N. officials and the International Organization for Migration said on Thursday.

"A tragedy of epic proportions is unfolding in the Mediterranean," they said in a statement criticizing a 10-point plan announced by the European Union on Monday and due to be discussed at a hastily-convened summit later on Thursday.

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