ITALY, MALTA KEEP MIGRANT VESSEL IN LIMBO
Rome, Italy - A Spanish vessel with three Libyan migrants aboard was kept in international waters on Tuesday after Italy and Malta refused to let it to dock.
The three aboard the ship Golfo Azzurro, chartered by Spain’s Proactiva Open Arms NGO and rescued on Sunday, were in limbo, illustrating policy confusion a week after Rome introduced a controversial code of conduct for rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean.
A Proactiva spokesman said the vessel was some 100 nautical miles off the Libyan coast as the NGO attempted a rescue operation. When the Golfo Azzurro approached the Italian island of Lampedusa, Italian authorities denied it passage.
Proactiva's mission head Gerard Canals told AFP that Malta had said Italy was responsible for the rescue and should take the migrants.