Refugee Crisis: Peter Aldous urges Government to consider proposal to establish UN humanitarian zone in Mediterranean

12th July 2016
Peter Aldous calls on the Government to consider the International Chamber of Shipping proposal to establish a UN humanitarian zone in the Mediterranean to help reduce the loss of life arising from the refugee crisis.

25. In view of the fact that the appalling hardships and loss of life arising from the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean are clearly long term and in danger of becoming institutionalised, will my right hon. Friend give consideration to the proposal from the International Chamber of Shipping, originally put forward last autumn, to establish a UN humanitarian zone covering the affected areas? [905832]

Although the International Chamber of Shipping proposal was indeed constructive, I do not want to underestimate the difficulties of getting agreement in the Security Council on anything through the UN. We have Operation Sophia, which is working and to which many European countries are actively contributing, and we should aim to make that work still more effective, help the Libyans build up the capacity of their own coastguard, and use the instruments available.

 

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