1. Wide of Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister, walking toward speech podium
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister:
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"The flux of countless desperate people trying to reach Europe and fulfil the simple aspiration of a decent life has no precedents and it's the result both poverty and wars, lack of development and extremism. Too many have died. Many more have been rescued in the open sea. I am proud for the result and the efforts of my people."
3. Cutaway of Italian delegation
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister:
"Italy is aware of its moral responsibility with the European Union and all the colleagues, and we hope finally we achieve the very important result of common European asylum system because this is the only solution, not the building of walls. A common European asylum system."
5. Italian delegation clapping hands at end of speech
6. President of Serbia walking toward speech podium
7. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Tomislav Nikolic, Serbian president:
"A middle-income, landlocked country in transition, Serbia still shoulders the heavy burden of caring for a large number of refugees and persons displaced in and after the conflict in our region, coping all along with the problems of development that beset many other countries. Dramatic and uncontrolled influx of migrants who in their thousands transit through Serbia in search of shelter and better life, while having to wait for days to cross the borders and enter the European Union, is a challenge that we all have to address and work together to achieve a solution."
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Sunday he takes pride in the work his country has done to rescue migrants trying to reach European shores.
"The flux of countless desperate people trying to reach Europe and fulfill the simple aspiration of a decent life has no precedents and it's the result both poverty and wars, lack of development and extremism," Renzi said as he addressed the United Nations Development Summit in New York.
Renzi added that the only solution to the current immigration crisis in the European Union is the adoption of a common asylum system instead of "walls," a reference to the recent decision by Hungary to build fences on its borders to prevent the flow of refugees.
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said the migrant crisis demands a collective approach, stressing that his country is still hosting a precedent wave of refugees from the Balkan wars on top of the current influx of migrants from the Middle Eastern and African countries.
"Dramatic and uncontrolled influx of migrants who in dozens of thousands transit in Serbia in search of shelter and better life, while having to wait for days to cross the borders and enter the European Union, is a challenge that we all have to address and work together to achieve a solution," Nikolic said.
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