In an attempt to defuse a diplomatic row, Italy and France agreed Friday to jointly patrol Tunisia’s coast to try to curb the flow of migrants who have been heading to Europe, many hoping to reach France via the Italian island of Lampedusa.
AFP - Italy and France agreed Friday to carry out joint patrols off Tunisia's coast to block migrants headed for Europe, with the French interior minister saying there was no "duty" to take in the boat people.
Following the arrival of thousands of migrants from the former French colony in recent weeks, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said after meeting French counterpart Claude Gueant that there would now be "joint air and sea patrols".
Gueant said the EU's border agency Frontex would control these patrols.
Date created : 2011-04-08