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LIBYA: Italian official warns of 'unimaginable' wave of immigration

February 21, 2011 | 10:20 am

ItalyItalian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said a worsening of the crisis in Libya could trigger an "unimaginable" wave of immigration across the Mediterranean Sea, according to Bloomberg.

"Those who spoke of hundreds of thousands" of people crossing into Europe "were not exaggerating," Frattini said in Brussels, where he was meeting with other European Union foreign ministers Monday. "We have already seen what happened in Tunisia."

--  Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini gives a news conference following a General Affairs Council meeting Monday at EU headquarters in Brussels. Credit: Georges Gobet / AFP / Getty Images