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Smuggler vessels off Libya would be seized under UN proposal

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Britain has circulated a draft resolution that would authorise the European Union (EU) to take action on the high seas off Libya against vessels trying to smuggle migrants to Europe.

Britain's UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters yesterday that the United Nations (UN) Security Council would hold closed discussions on the draft.

Council diplomats said the proposed resolution would authorise the EU naval operation in the Mediterranean to seize and destroy vessels being used to smuggle migrants after searching and rescuing those on the boats.

The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the resolution has not been made public, said that because of different laws in EU nations, Italy can already seize and destroy smuggler vessels, but Germany and Britain need Security Council approval.