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EU needs common plan to tackle migration – Czech, Italian ForMins

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Prague, March 17 (CTK) – The European Union needs to have a joint plan for tackling the migrant crisis, Czech and Italian foreign ministers, Lubomir Zaoralek and Paolo Gentiloni, said after their talks in Prague yesterday.
The EU must deal with the problems related to migration more effectively to avoid the repeating of the situation where hundreds of thousands of refugees streamed across EU states in an uncontrolled way, Gentiloni and Zaoralek said.
Apart from Turkey, attention must be also paid to Libya, from where migrants illegally sailed to Europe, they said.
Italy is actively involved in dealing with the chaotic situation in Libya, which has been undergoing a crisis following the fall of the regime of the long-lasting dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Gentiloni said Europe must take measures on its own territory but also deal with the problems in the regions where they arise, for example in Syria and Libya.
If the stream of migrants taking the Balkan route is limited, the Mediterranean route, from the North African coast across the sea to Italy, may become more used again, Zaoralek said.
On Friday, the prime ministers and presidents of EU member states want to approve a migration deal between the EU and Turkey, which should stop the influx of illegal migrants from Turkey to Greece.
Earlier yesterday, Gentiloni talked about European affairs with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. They agreed that the uncontrolled stream of migrants moving to Europe must be stemmed.
The Czech Government Office said Gentiloni and Sobotka talked about possible Czech-Italian cooperation in training the Iraqi police forces.
This morning, Gentiloni and Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky opened a Czech-Italian business forum focusing on defence industry, aviation and cyber security.

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