Italy, France and Germany have signed a joint document calling for a review of current European rules on granting asylum and a "fair" distribution of migrants within the EU, the Italian foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The document underlines that the current refugee crisis has "clearly shown the limits and defects" of the rules on asylum and that they need to be re-assessed, the ministry said in a statement. The document, signed by the foreign ministers of the three countries, calls for a "strong response to the crisis" that has seen a huge influx of refugees to the EU. The three countries want it to be discussed at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Sept. 4-5, the statement said.
Russia says the United Nations Security Council is discussing a draft resolution to address Europe's migrant crisis, likely by authorising the inspection of suspected migrant ships. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says the council may well adopt the resolution this month. Churkin told reporters Wednesday that the draft would be more limited than one earlier this year that would have authorised a European Unipn mission to inspect and seize suspected migrant smuggling ships in Lybia and its territorial waters. Instead, council members are talking about authorising such action on the high seas of the Mediterranean. That would not require the blessing of chaotic Lybia, which is split into two rival governments (...) Russia is holding the council's presidency this month.