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Europe scrambles to block migrant route from Libya

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>> Disappointment at a journey cut short. More than 100 African migrants intercepted off Libya's coast and hauled back to Tripoli. But many others are slipping through, and with calmer summer weather approaching, more still are likely to make the trip. Europe had struck a deal with Turkey to stop people crossing into Greece.
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Now, they're scrambling to block this other major sea route into the EU via Libya. Reuters' Aidan Lewis is in neighboring Tunisia.>> European states are desperate to try and help stem the flow of migrants from Libya towards the European Union. They have a naval mission operating in the Mediterranean, which picks up migrant boats when they enter international waters.
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That mission is now aiming to also train the Libyan Coast Guard, and to help enforce a UN arms embargo in the Mediterranean. But there's a limit to what they'll be able to do without permission to enter Libyan waters. And for that they would need a request from Libya's new UN backed unity government.
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That request would be sensitive and hasn't been made yet.