MS Aquarius: why did Spain accept the disputed migrant ship?

MS Aquarius: why did Spain accept the disputed migrant ship?

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Sunday that he had told his Italian counterpart, Giuseppe Conte, his country would not take the ship.

People on board the vessel, which has been stranded in the Mediterranean after both Italy and Malta refused to allow it to dock at the weekend, will be transferred to Italian ships and be given food and water.

The Aquarius is one of the few remaining non-profit rescue ships left in the central Mediterranean, where so far this year 784 migrants have drowned during the crossing, according to figures from the United Nations Refugee Agency.

Its route north will take it past Malta, and the Italian government said its port authorities had written to the small island state asking it to let the Aquarius dock there. He said there was a moral "obligation to help to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe".

While thanking Spain for their offer of help, the Maltese Prime minister said Italy had broken global rules and that there was a need to sit down with European partners to avoid an incident like this from happening again.

He said Malta would be sending fresh supplies to the vessel, adding: "We will have to sit down and discuss how to prevent this from happening again. This is a European issue", he said on Twitter.

"We will not change (our position) on ships belonging to non-governmental organisations", Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said in an interview with the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

More news: Meghan and the Queen have first Harry-free royal adventure together
More news: Vladimir Putin says football unites planet as World Cup begins in Russian Federation
More news: Antoine Griezmann gets autographs from France 1998 World Cup heroes

Mayor Filippo Nogarin - a member of the Five Star Movement (M5S), the anti-establishment party now governing Italy in coalition with the nationalist League - had said that he was ready to "open the port of Livorno and take in the ship Aquarius with its cargo of 629 human lives". None of migrants are critical but re are many patients, re are seven pregnant women, ten children, 123 unaccompanied minors. All three ships would then sail to the Spanish port of Valencia on a voyage expected to take four days.

"If the French have the humility to say they are sorry, we can put it behind us and be friends like before", Salvini told reporters on the sidelines of a business conference.

"We call on all involved to contribute to a swift resolution so that the people on board the Aquarius may be safely disembarked as soon as possible".

Under EU rules, migrants must apply for asylum in the European country where they first arrive.

"Our objective is the disembarkation in a port of safety of the 629 people now on board the Aquarius - some we rescued yesterday night in hard conditions", she was quoted by Reuters as saying.

The regional leader of Spain's Basque Country, Inigo Urkullu, said the region was prepared to take care of 10 percent of the passengers.

The summer of 2016 saw a surge in mass drownings in the Mediterranean as Europe's worst migration crisis since World War II peaked with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Related Articles

  • NY  sues Trump for 'illegal conduct' at family foundation

    NY sues Trump for 'illegal conduct' at family foundation

    Trump held the fundraiser instead of participating in the final GOP presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses. Trump has denied there was any collusion, and Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election.
    Bob Baffert horse Restoring Hope accused of blocking for Justify

    Bob Baffert horse Restoring Hope accused of blocking for Justify

    San Diegans will get a chance to see Triple Crown victor Justify this summer. Even Restoring Hope's owner was not happy with the way his horse was ridden.
    Read The Joint Statement From President Trump And Kim Jong Un

    Read The Joint Statement From President Trump And Kim Jong Un

    President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un are signing a joint agreement, although the exact details are still unknown. At Tuesday's summit, Trump told reporters that the negotiations had gone "better than anybody could have expected".
  • Gushing North Korean broadcaster Ri Chun Hee hails Trump-Kim summit

    Gushing North Korean broadcaster Ri Chun Hee hails Trump-Kim summit

    While the North Korean regime has reneged on its word before, Mr Lee said North Korea was more honest than ever before. No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research! Baier countered that Kim has "done some really bad things".
    Sanford upset in GOP primary

    Sanford upset in GOP primary

    Katie Arrington , R-Dorchester. " Mark Sanford has become the problem in Washington", Arrington said in her campaign video. Sanford took his loss in stride during his first ever concession speech in Mount Pleasant late Tuesday night.
    US F-15 fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan's Okinawa

    US F-15 fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan's Okinawa

    The jet reportedly took off from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa and crashed some 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the coast. F-15 fighter jet crashed into the sea off the Japanese island of Okinawa during a routine training mission Monday.
  • Spain fired its coach two days before first World Cup game

    Spain fired its coach two days before first World Cup game

    Spain , one of the pre-tournament favourites, also face Morocco and Iran in their group in Russian Federation . We will touch the staff as little as possible, as soon as we have something to communicate, we will do it.
    Microsoft Office gets a facelift to improve usability

    Microsoft Office gets a facelift to improve usability

    That subscription qualification is important: only Office 365 subscribers will get this new interface. However, they did mention that in August the changes would be rolling out to Outlook for Mac .
    LI pizza delivery man granted stay of deportation

    LI pizza delivery man granted stay of deportation

    Immigrant advocate groups launched a public-relations campaign to urge release of the deliveryman within days of his arrest . Villavicencio's detention and a recent raid on an upstate dairy farm show "reckless contempt for the constitution", he said.
  • Farrah Abrahm Arrested For Striking Security Guard

    Farrah Abrahm Arrested For Striking Security Guard

    " She is a very sweet and ambitious young woman who has been portrayed in a biased light on a reality TV show for many years". The argument escalated and Farrah got violent , hitting the employee hard enough for someone to call the police.
    Resident Evil 2 Remake E3 2018 Trailer

    Resident Evil 2 Remake E3 2018 Trailer

    It's possible that there are other changes in the Resident Evil 2 remake , but if there are, Capcom hasn't revealed them yet. Capcom has also modernized the controls, which should make it considerably easier to play than the original title.
    Pre-cut melons linked to Salmonella outbreaks across 5 states

    Pre-cut melons linked to Salmonella outbreaks across 5 states

    A recent salmonella outbreak linked to fresh cut watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe made its way to MI . So far, FDA has reported 60 illnesses that occurred between April 30, 2018 and May 28, 2018.