Italy and Malta Refused to Accept the Vessel Aquarius with Migrants

The authorities of Malta and Italy reported that they will not accept 141 migrants on their territory, on board the vessel Aquarius, according to the international organization Médecins Sans Frontières.

Last week the vessel Aquarius took on board 141 illegal migrants in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Two days later, the NGO SOS Mediterranee and Médecins Sans Frontières, which operate the ship, appealed to European governments to send him a safe port for the landing of rescued migrants.

“The Maritime Authority of Malta and Italy informed the ship Aquarius that they would not provide a safe landing for 141 people on board. At the moment, the vessel is between Malta and Italy and is waiting for further instructions, “the organization said on Twitter.

The Minister of Infrastructure and Transport of Italy, Danilo Toninelli, earlier said that the responsibility for the Aquarius ship, which deals with the salvation of migrants at sea, should be borne by the United Kingdom, as it goes under the flag of its overseas territory – Gibraltar.

The Spanish government made no official statement, but sources in Moncloa told the Efe agency that Spain is “not the safest port” for the ship, as its ports are “not the closest, as international law requires.” Meanwhile, the City Hall of Barcelona said that they are ready to offer to take Aquarius in the port of this city. “We are talking about protecting the right to life and asylum,” said Deputy Mayor for Social Rights Liaa Ortiz.

Italy and Malta Refused to Accept the Vessel Aquarius with Migrants

In June, the situation with Aquarius, which carried more than 600 migrants, caused a pan-European scandal. The authorities of Italy and Malta closed their ports for the ship, the migrants agreed to take Spain. Some of the migrants were transplanted to two Italian ships – the patrol ship Dattilo and the patrol ship Orione of the Italian Navy. Three ships arrived in the port of Valencia on June 17, breaking 700 nautical miles.



Source: Maritime News of Russia