Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said there can be no military solution to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.
Ms Anderson said;
“EU foreign ministers are meeting today to discuss the growing crisis in the Mediterranean that has led to the deaths of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.
“Reports that one of the options being considered includes military action against Libya to destroy the boats before they leave is both alarming and foolhardy.
“Military action will not solve the humanitarian crisis where untold numbers of people, desperate to find a new life, are dying in the Mediterranean.
“In fact, it was military action by the British government and others in Libya, Syria and Palestine which has totally destabilised the region and created the conditions where migrants feel they have no other option but to risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean.
“Instead of attempting to impose further military action which would further destabilise the region, the international community, and the European Union in particular, must step up its efforts to provide humanitarian aid to the survivors of these modern-day coffin ships and prevent further deaths.”