ITALY, MALTA KEEP MI­GRANT VES­SEL IN LIMBO

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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