Tunisia’s Interim PM Mohamed Ghannouchi and Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini reached an agreement Monday evening to establish what Tunisie Afrique Press news service describes as “operational co-operation to stop the flow of illegal immigration.” The agreement includes “providing the Tunisian army with advanced technology equipment , a radar network for monitoring and patrol boats to be operated by the Tunisians.”
Even before this agreement was announced on Tuesday, Tunisia has been taking further steps to secure its ports and coast. There are some media reports that the migrant flow is slowing. It is unclear whether this is due to Tunisia’s efforts or due to the reported bad sea conditions which may be discouraging boats from sailing.
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