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Shipowners: EU can no longer ignore humanitarian disaster

"The scale of the tragedy at the weekend is unprecedented and European leaders can no longer ignore the catastrophe occurring on the EU’s maritime border," says Patrick Verhoeven, Secretary General of the European Community Shipowners' Associations.

On Tuesday the European shipowners have sent an urgent appeal to the EU heads of state calling for a quick and joint effort from all member states following the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean.

The appeal comes the day after the EU countries' ministers of justice on Monday in Brussels agreed on a 10-point plan of action that includes proposals for increased maritime monitoring in the waters between Libya and Italy.

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