HALF A MILLION MIGRANTS ON ARRIVAL, GENTILONI: “EUROPE’S HELP NEEDED” The International Maritime Organization has forecasted "further 10 thousand deaths if traffickers are not stopped". The Minister: "the decisions of one single country are not enough"

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The data speak o fan emergency: half a million migrants are ready to cross the Mediterranean-and there could be thousands of victims. TTo report this is the International Maritime Organization (Imo), a specialised organ of the United Nations. Bloodspill has again been announced, therefore, if ihuman-trafficking is not curbed immediately. “It’s time to really think about how to stop this dangerous and risky crossing of migrants on small boats,” said the Director of Imo, Koji Sekimizu, at a Conference meeting in Singapore.

“If we don’t act,” he added, we’re going to see 500 thousand immigrants crossing the Mediterranean this year, and in this case, there could be up to 10,000 victims”. “It’s a very serious problem, we must take action,” he said, stressing the importance of “not only taking care of relief aid and rescue operations, but also to fight against trafficking”.

The proportions of the disaster could be such that a single country would not be able to cope with it on its own. “We must move from the decisions of individual countries to a joint European effort”, stressed the Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, during an interview broadcast in the early hours of today by the Bbc’s HardTalkprogramme. “now it’s up to each individual Count, he explained-decide for example how many Syrians can be accepted”. This is why the need for a joint action on the part of the International community. Italy is doing its part, Gentiloni said, but “more can be done with European cooperation”. The head of the Foreign Ministry said he was confident that “this tragedy would be a break on the routine of the European response” because “should the situation in the Middle East and Africa worsen, there will be greater numbers” in migrant flows.

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