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Germany calls for an agreement to save refugees in Mediterranean

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German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas
European problems   German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas

The German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, asked Saturday the member countries of the European Union (EU) to create a mechanism to ration refugees out arriving through the Mediterranean Sea.

Speaking to the media group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland, the FM stated that a coalition of volunteers is necessary to agree on a binding distribution mechanism.

He added that his country would be willing to accept a fixed amount of migrants as part of an agreement with the rest of the nations of the regional bloc.

The German FM, Social Democrat, considered that the MPs among the EU countries should not prevent a pact to save migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean. "This blockade must finally end," he assured.

Authorities from European countries plan to discuss strategies to save migrants at a meeting next Thursday in Helsinki, Finland, where Maas said he expected 'a decisive step' to help resolve the issue.

Rescue missions in the Mediterranean and the distribution of those who arrive to the lands of Europe have triggered tensions in recent months among the host nations.

According to UN figures, over 260,000 people drowned in the sea trying to reach the European continent by boat during 2018, when a year earlier the figure was 3, 139 people.


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