Foreign Minister Zaorálek in Luxembourg for talks with EU counterparts following latest migrant boat disaster

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has suggested that the European Union needs to help stem the flow of migrants from North African countries, providing funds for states to help try and reinstate local institutions and create a possible security cordon and detention areas. The aim should also be to try and improve local living conditions. EU foreign and interior ministers are meeting on Monday in Luxembourg to discuss the problem following the deaths of hundreds of migrants trying to reach Europe whose vessel sank off the coast of Libya. According to the UN, the North Africa-Italy route has become the world’s deadliest. EU foreign policy head Federica Mogherini has called it a moral responsibility for Europe to act. But she stressed there was “no easy” or “magic” solution. An emergency EU summit may be scheduled for later this week to focus on the problem of human trafficking.

Author: Jan Velinger