EU leaders in migrant summit deal

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Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened after hundreds of migrants drowned in the space of a few days.

The politicians also agreed to lay the groundwork for military action against traffickers.

Germany and France pledged two ships while Britain committed three to move into the Mediterranean, and other member states also lined up more vessels and helicopters that could be used to rescue migrants, officials said.

The member states also agreed to triple the funds for the EU’s border operation that patrols the Mediterranean and could be called on for emergency rescues to reach around 9 million euros (£6.5 million) a month.

Leaders also assigned EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to line up the diplomatic options that would allow EU military to strike against the boats used by traffickers.

Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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