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Anastasiades, Renzi discuss migrant tragedy

President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday held a telephone communication with the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi following the drowning of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

According to a written statement, Anastasiades and Renzi agreed that it was necessary for the EU to address such phenomena, indicating that the convening of the European Council next Thursday to discuss the issue is a step towards this direction.

On Monday, the European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of as many as 900 people feared killed in the deadliest known shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe.

The mass deaths have caused shock in Europe, where a decision to scale back naval operations last year seems to have increased the risks for migrants without reducing their numbers.

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