Operation Triton to continue rescuing migrants, Italian FM

'Obligation remains' after Mare Nostrum replaced

13 November, 19:14

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, NOVEMBER 13 - Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Thursday that the handover from the Italian search-and-rescue operation Mare Nostrum to the EU's Operation Triton would not result in lessened attention to the issue of migrant deaths at sea. The minister noted that the change would simply result in a ''a shared division of efforts and of repercussions''. An obligation to rescue those at sea remains in place and must continue to do so, he said, following criticism to the effect that Operation Triton would focus exclusively on patrolling the EU's sea borders. Mare Nostrum was set up in October 2013 after almost 400 people perished off the coast of Sicily in two migrant boat disasters and resulted in the saving of some 150,000 lives over 12 months. It was replaced by Operation Triton as of November 1.


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