(ANSA) – ROME, SEPTEMBER 15 – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Tajani on Friday called for the intervention of the United Nations in response to the migratory pressure from Africa which is leading to a significant increase in arrival of migrants and refugees by sea to Italy.
“We should not underestimate what is happening in Africa, we will also talk about it at the United Nations,” Tajani said on the sidelines of Confindustria’s annual meeting in Rome.
“During our mission, we absolutely must request a UN presence because the situation in Africa is not (only) explosive, it has already exploded,” he added.
“Measures are needed to stop migratory flows,” Tajani continued.
“We must move forward with the repatriation” of people who do not have the right to stay in Europe, he said. “Europe cannot act as if nothing had happened and I am convinced that France will understand our problems,” added Tajani, announcing missions to Paris and Berlin “as soon as I return from the United States.”
On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron said there was a “duty of European solidarity” on Lampedusa, adding that “decisions would be taken with Italy.” (ANSA).
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