11/02/2016 10:44 PM AEDT

NATO Launches Mission In The Aegean Sea To End Smuggling Of Migrants, Refugees

"It is important that we now act quickly."

Piles of life jackets used by refugees and migrants after crossing the Aegean se aare stacked on the Greek island of Lesbos. On Thursday, NATO announced a mission to help end human smuggling.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO has agreed to start a mission in the Aegean Sea to help slow refugee flows and to stop people smugglers, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday.

"It is important that we now act quickly," von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels.


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