Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti
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Italy's Mario Monti on 'terrible' cruise ship disaster

18 January 2012 Last updated at 15:12 GMT

As hopes fade of finding any more survivors on the Costa Concordia, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti has said ''any such disaster could and should be avoided''.

Speaking at a joint news conference with David Cameron, he added that he did not want to ''run ahead'' of the official investigations.

He also paid tribute to the ''generous co-operation'' of the local people after the cruise ship crashed into rocks on Friday.

Twenty-three people are missing, and 11 are confirmed dead.