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Smuggler vessels off Libya would be seized under UN proposal

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Britain has circulated a draft resolution that would authorize the European Union to take action on the high seas off Libya against vessels trying to smuggle migrants to Europe.


   Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters Wednesday that the U.N. Security Council would hold closed discussions on the draft later Wednesday.


   Council diplomats said the proposed resolution would authorize the EU naval operation in the Mediterranean to seize and destroy vessels being used to smuggle migrants after searching and rescuing those on the boats.


   The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the resolution has not been made public, said that because of different laws in EU nations, Italy can already seize and destroy smuggler vessels -- but Germany and Britain need Security Council approval.

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