Stranded migrants to be taken to Spain, says French charity

Stranded migrants to be taken to Spain, says French charity

Stranded migrants to be taken to Spain, says French charity

Paris: Paris on Tuesday defended its decision not to offer safe harbour to the stranded migrant ship Aquarius after local leaders on Corsica proposed opening one of their ports to the vessel.

Italy's far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who seems ready to vie even with his hero Donald Trump in cruelty toward the most vulnerable, declared victory on Monday in his campaign to defy global law by refusing to accept more than 600 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean this weekend.

The move also created rifts with Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat who said the he was "worried about the direction taken by the Italian authorities" that according to him went against global law.

"The boat is now heading north towards a secure port", SOS Mediterranee tweeted without specifying its destination, though virtually every such migrant boat over the past five years ended up in Italy. But, the aid group in charge of the ship says - making the long voyage to Spain would be a daunting journey.

Once people rescued at sea have been disembarked in a port of safety, the next priority is for European Union governments and institutions to step up and find shared solutions to support countries on the frontline, such as Italy, who are dealing with the burden of arrivals of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants by sea.

Sky's Thomas tunes up for Tour with Dauphine success
We're getting closer and closer so I'm happy to get confidence from this race. "It's been two back-to-back hard stages", he added. Team Sky also won the team event - finishing seven minutes and 18 seconds ahead of Team Emirates.

"The Mediterranean is the sea of all the countries that face it, and it (Malta) can't imagine that Italy will continue to face this giant phenomenon (of migration) in solitude", the ministers said. "France pushes people back at the border, Spain defends its frontier with weapons", Mr Salvini wrote on Facebook.

Malta refused, and when Italy instructed the ship to stay at sea, Malta accused Italy of violating global norms.

In the meantime, some in Italy have offered to take in the migrants, with the mayor of Taranto, Rinaldo Melucci, saying that the southern port city was "ready to embrace every life in danger".

"This shows what happens when there are not enough rescue assets at sea", Sea Watch spokesman Ruben Neugebauer said.

Italy's refusal to accept the Aquarius was the first major anti-migrant move since the far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, took office this month.

Mercedes-Benz faces massive recall in Europe
Daimler said it would fully cooperate to remove the technology that's now in the firing line . It is not the first time Daimler has faced problems with its emissions software.

Tweeting on Sunday, Salvini said: "Starting today, Italy, too, begins to say NO to the trafficking of human beings, NO to the business of clandestine immigration".

Eric Ciotti, a prominent hard-right minister from the Opposition Republicans party, also called on the government to take a tough line on the Aquarius.

"This was a first important signal that Italy can not go on alone supporting this huge weight", said Salvini, who threatened to bar additional rescue vessels.

French charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said the European response to accepting hundreds of refugees trapped in Meditarranean limbo over the weekend was "not a victory". "The priority must be to immediately disembark all 629 people - including 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 children and 6 pregnant women - at the nearest port of safety".

The bright orange boat is at the centre of a blazing global row after Italy and Malta refused to take in its 629 passengers picked up off Libya over the weekend, including pregnant women and seriously injured patients.

World Cup host Russian Federation spent billions, but will its economy benefit?
In 1994 World Cup hosted by the US, Saudi Arabia reached round 16. "I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance".

Related news