After a meeting yesterday of the Prime Minister and the ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Economy, Labour, Justice, and Interior, the government formed a standing committee to follow the crisis in Libya (“un comitato permanente sulla crisi libica”). The committee will monitor the flow of migrants to Italy. According to reports in the Italian press, the Italian Government believes that between 200,000-300,000 migrants may seek to reach Italy if conditions in Libya continue to worsen. Three Italian naval ships, the San Marco, San Giorgio and Mimbelli, have been moved close to Libya in order to be ready to assist with the evacuation of Italian citizens should it become necessary. Tunisian migrants continue to arrive in Lampedusa. Over the past day approximately 200 arrived.
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