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EU migrant talks hit rocks amid Italy row
Published : Thursday, 18 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 10

LUXEMBOURG, June 17 : European interior ministers failed to reach agreement on Tuesday on plans to tackle the Mediterranean migrant crisis as Italy threatened a backlash if other EU states refuse to share the burden of asylum seekers.
The deadlock came as Italian police forcefully evicted dozens of mainly African migrants from their shelter under a railway bridge on the Franco-Italian border, which has become a flashpoint in the crisis.
"We have made progress today but we are not there yet," EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said at the closing press conference of talks in Luxembourg. "Words are not enough."
The ministers took no decision to carry out proposals by the European Commission for quotas to redistribute 40,000 Syrian and Eritrean asylum-seekers who have arrived in Europe, and to resettle 20,000 Syrians living in camps outside Europe.    -AFP












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