Italy says Syria crisis to worsen refugee problem
BLED, Slovenia (AFP) - Italy warned on Monday the European Union lacks an adequate approach for the refugee problem that will worsen in case of an international intervention in Syria.
"I do expect the Syrian crisis can lead to the worsening of the refugee problem," Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta told journalists after meeting his Slovenian counterpart Alenka Bratusek at the lake resort of Bled.
He added the European Union "still hasn't adopted an adequate approach that would be able to cope with this challenge".
"As always, Italy will do its share but there is a structural problem," Mr Letta added and announced in the second half of 2014, when Italy assumes the EU's rotation presidency, Rome would try to establish a common EU approach to the problem.