The EU's foreign policy chief says vessels and organizations of human traffickers to the EU must be destroyed before more lives are lost at sea. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told the press after a United Nations Security Council meeting on Monday (May 11) that it was crucial for the U.N. to dismantle trafficking organizations in order to save the lives of migrants being smuggled in vessels across the Mediterranean. European Union leaders agreed last month to "identify, capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers." The 28-nation bloc wants U.N. authorization for its operation. "Dismantling the traffickers and the smugglers organization is a way of saving lives," Mogherini said. "I don't believe that people are less slaves if they are stopped or kept somewhere during the journey or locked in the boat that sinks. It's another way of not seeing people dying also, if we pretend that people are not used in an extremely cynical way by people that are making money out of their desperation. We have to face this because this is not going to go away by itself. There are steps that European Union will take in the full respect of international law even before a U.N. Security Council resolution is adopted, but I am quite confident today from the level of understanding and of awareness and of political will that I found here in the Security Council that a resolution is possible to be obtained in a reasonable future." About 1,800 migrants have perished in the Mediterranean this year, the U.N. refugee agency said. Some 51,000 have entered Europe by sea, with 30,500 coming via Italy, fleeing war and poverty in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.