The Foreign Ministers of the European Union support the Navy’s operation plan to stop human smuggling coming from Libya.
The EU statement was released to coincide with the commemoration of the associated possibility of NATO members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that participated in the groups of immigrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
This operation will be held from June and will involve a number of warships and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of Libya, the center of the wave of immigrants that flooded the southern shores of Europe.
The European Union’s military operation plans include the possibility of destroying the ships human smugglers in Libya’s waters, although that plan had to be supported UN Security Council resolution in order to be in line with international law.
This year is already the deadliest year for migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe with more than 1,800 people dead. Overall, more than 5,000 immigrants were killed in the last 18 months.
The head of the EU diplomatic, Federica Mogherini, said that approval of the 28 Ministers of Foreign Affairs and defence of the European Union at a meeting in Brussels will urge UN action.
“I think, after we take a decision today, the SECURITY COUNCIL also seems to be publishing the resolution,” said Mogherini while adding that naval military operation it could be held in the coming weeks.
However, the European Union’s plans received opposition from activists of human rights groups who say that the option of military operations will not break the human smuggling network. In fact, Andrew Stroehlein from Human Right Watch (HRW) called the EU’s plans as a total madness.
This military operation is part of the blueprint for action to a broader European Union in an effort to divide the burden of waves of immigrants between Member States. However, the plan also proposes the distribution of the quota of asylum seekers who enter the territory of the European Union gave rise to differences of views among the Member States.
United Kingdom has stated will not be joining in the quota system, and the decision of the United Kingdom had the support of France, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Slovakia.