Greek PM says EU needs urgent plan to tackle migrant crisis

April 19, 2015 21:54

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged the European Union on Sunday to urgently come up with a plan to tackle a mounting migrant humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean.

"The Mediterranean must stop being a graveyard sea and southern European countries a storage of human souls," Tsipras said in a televised address.

He spoke after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, killing as many as 700 people in what officials said may be the worst disaster in the Mediterranean to date involving migrants.

Tsipras said the EU plan must lend support to member countries such as Greece and Italy in the Mediterranean, which are bearing the brunt of the waves of migrants and refugees arriving from north Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

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