We agree that a European solution is urgently needed. But extending operation Triton without increasing its assets and operational area changes nothing.
(Brussels, 19 February 2015) Today’s announcement by the European Commission on managing the crisis in the Mediterranean contained the right analysis of the overall situation, but offers no concrete solutions to protecting and saving lives, said Amnesty International following the Commission press conference.
‘We agree that a European solution is urgently needed. But extending operation Triton without increasing its assets and operational area changes nothing,’ said Iverna McGowan, acting director of Amnesty International European Institutions Office.
European member states need to commit to providing a collective and concerted search and rescue operation deployed in the high seas of the Mediterranean along the main migratory routes. This is what the European Commission should call for.
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