Italy vows mi­grant ship can­not dock as Paris-Rome clash es­ca­lates

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ROME: Italy said on Wed­nes­day its de­ci­sion to shut its ports to hun­dred of mi­grants aboard a char­ity ship was firm, as a clash be­tween Rome and Paris over mi­grant pol­icy heated up. “We will not change (our po­si­tion) on ships be­long­ing to non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions,” In­te­rior Min­is­ter Mat­teo Salvini said in an in­ter­view with the Cor­riere della Sera news­pa­per.

“Ships be­long­ing to for­eign or­ga­ni­za­tions and fly­ing for­eign flags can­not dic­tate Italy’s im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy,” said Salvini, who is also head of the anti-im­mi­grant League.

Since Sun­day, when both Italy and Malta re­fused to let them dock, some 629 mi­grants, in­clud­ing 11 chil­dren and seven preg­nant women, have been in the cen­tral Mediter­ranean aboard the-Aquarius.

Some of the mi­grants on the over­crowded Aquarius, who are mostly from sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa, were moved onto to two Ital­ian ships from the navy and coast­guard and are headed for the port of Va­len­cia, Spain.

The episode, com­ing a week af­ter the in­stal­la­tion of Italy’s new pop­ulist gov­ern­ment, has height­ened ten­sions within the Euro­pean Union over mi­gra­tion.

While Spain adopted a diplo­matic tone with Italy when it an­nounced it would take the mi­grants, re­la­tions be­tween Rome and Paris have de­te­ri­o­rated in an ex­plo­sion of ac­cu­sa­tions and counter-ac­cu­sa­tions.

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