The EU wants to end the refugee crisis began naval operation off the Libyan coast for the time being.
Because couldn’t some of the member States on a new System for the distribution of rescued at sea migrants, are to be observed in the activities of Smuggling networks in the context of the Operation Sophia, until Further notice, only from the air, as the German press Agency learned on Tuesday evening from EU circles. The training of Libyan coast guards, however, should be continued.
The agreement was reached, according to the on Tuesday evening after hours of negotiations in the Political and Security Committee. You should apply for the first six months, and can only be stopped until this Wednesday noon through a statement of objection from the main cities.
A further extension of the use of ships foundered on the Veto of Italy. The government in Rome, called for months of a Change in the rules of engagement, which provide that, at the time of surgery, in distress at sea rescued migrants exclusively to Italy. The state, however, that countries such as Hungary or Poland refuse a fixed redistribution mechanism to agree.
the dispute has been Exacerbated recently by the German announcement, for the time being no ship for use in front of the Libyan coast. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, on the ground that the Italian Command, had not sent the German Navy in the past few months, in the vicinity of refugee routes – obviously to exclude the possibility that migrants will be saved, which would then be brought to Italy.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called on the EU countries several times in recent months as a matter of urgency to find a solution to the dispute. She pointed out that the number of illegally arriving in Europe migrants decreased in the course of the Operation, Sophia is more than 80 percent – including the training of the Libyan coast guard.
Since the beginning of the European naval presence off the coast of Libya in the year 2015, however, were also already close to 50 000 migrants to Italy – more than 22 500 of them after the rescue by the German Navy.