Belgium: EU has a military plan to target people smugglers on the Med - Mogherini

The EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini reported that the EU has adopted a military plan to target traffickers and smugglers, in order to deal with the mounting crisis of migration over the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe, during a press conference following an European Commission meeting in Brussels, Monday. Mogherini confirmed the EU's plan for a naval force will be deployed off the coast of Libya to combat the "business model" of people traffickers. She also hoped that the military operation, which will be headquartered in Rome and with command of Rear Admiral Credendino, will be launched during the next Foreign Affairs council in June. Credendino led the EU's naval operations against pirates off the coast of Somalia. The mission will reportedly involve the deployment of European warships, along with surveillance aircraft. Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain have already promised to deploy vessels for the mission, if it goes ahead. The EU need the backing of the United Nations (UN) for the mission.

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