Calais migrant situation 'very concerning': Cameron

29th July 2015, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday expressed concern over an attempt by an estimated 2,000 migrants to enter Britain from the French port town of Calais via the Eurotunnel.

"This is very concerning," he told reporters during a visit to Singapore, adding that "we are working very closely" with French authorities to address the situation.

He added that Home Secretary Theresa May will chair a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee to discuss the incident, which occurred on Tuesday.

Cameron said Britain was "doing everything we can" to prevent such incidents, including investing in fencing around the area, adding he did not want to "point fingers at people to blame".

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was in London on Tuesday to hold talks with his counterpart on how to tackle the migrant issue, which has been a thorn in the side of Franco-British relations for years.

The Eurotunnel company itself is seeking 9.7 million euros ($10.67 million) from the British and French governments in compensation for disruption caused by illegal migrants.

© 2015 AFP

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