Italy Seeking New Immigration Agreement with Tunisia; Frattini and Maroni Likely to Travel to Tunis on 22 March

In an interview posted yesterday on the Italian Foreign Ministry web page, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said that the “real problem [with the current flow of migrants from Tunisia] is the loosening of controls [in Tunisia] and [that he and Interior Minister Maroni] will almost certainly be in Tunis [on Tuesday, 22 March] to establish a bilateral agreement.”  Minister Frattini said in the interview that Italy is ready to provide “practical help”, has released 90 million euros to Tunisia, wants to discuss deploying Italian naval patrols along the Tunisian coast, and wants to block human trafficking.

Click here (IT) for Foreign Ministry posting and here (IT) for article.

[If Foreign Ministry link does not load properly try this link and look under 20 Marzo 2011.]

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