Immigration: Renzi, EU must care for Mediterranean

Italy contributing but surveillance-and-rescue plan not enough

05 May, 14:24

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MAY 5 - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Monday said Italy is ''playing its part on immigration and we defend Mare Nostrum'', Italy's surveillance-and-rescue operation in the Mediterranean which ''made it possible not to count victims at the bottom of the sea'' and to ''arrest 207 human traffickers''.

    However, Renzi added that ''Mare nostrum cannot just be nostrum (ours in Latin) and, if Europe has a heart, it must understand dignity is being challenged in the Mediterranean''. The search-and-rescue operation for migrants at sea was launched by the Italian government in October last year after several rafts carrying migrants shipwrecked off the country's coasts, resulting in some 400 deaths. The operation includes amphibious ships, unmanned drones and helicopters with infrared equipment. (ANSAmed)
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