NATO to discuss role in ending migrant crisis


NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the US-led alliance will discuss this week whether to get more involved in trying to stem Europe's ongoing migration crisis.

Stoltenberg said Tuesday he had spoken by telephone with the German and Turkish defense ministers, and that the issue will be on the agenda at a NATO defense ministers' meeting Wednesday.

Stoltenberg said that "we are all concerned." He said NATO's 28 member countries "see the need to manage and to tackle the human tragedy," and the problems associated with it.

On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu agreed Wednesday's NATO meeting should discuss how the alliance "can be helpful with the surveillance situation" in the Mediterranean and assist the Turkish coast guard and the European Union's border agency.