United Nations envoy: Italy’s rejection of migrant ship ‘shameful

16 June, 2018, 14:52 | Author: Essie Rivera
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A U.S. Navy ship recovered 40 survivors after a shipwreck on Tuesday, but it still had not disembarked them on Thursday.

Lt. Cmdr. Zachary Harrell, a spokesman for the US 6th Fleet, said the survivors aboard the Trenton, a support ship, included four minors and came from countries including Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria and the Central African Republic.

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. No such port was assigned to the NGO.

Italy's economy minister, Giovanni Tria, also cancelled a meeting with his counterpart in Paris, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said Rome had acted with "cynicism and irresponsibility" by closing its ports to migrants.

"Ships belonging to foreign organizations and flying foreign flags can not dictate Italy's immigration policy", said Salvini, who is also head of the anti-immigrant League.

If the timeline holds, that would be a week after the Aquarius first sought permission to dock in Italy.

"We believe an axis of the willing is needed to fight illegal migration".

Italian maritime vessels, however, are still docking in its ports: on Wednesday, an Italian coast guard vessel docked in Catania, Sicily with 932 migrants aboard.

Calvo said minors and women are a priority, especially those who may have been trafficked or exploited in their attempts to reach Europe. Three of the men convicted are fugitives.

Francis issued a message to a Vatican-Mexican migration conference Thursday.

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said he was certain Italy would do its part but said there must be a "common response to this problem so that Italy isn't left alone". Across the European Union, only a third of the 98,255 migrants that were supposed to be relocated under the scheme had been relocated by the time it ended previous year.

But on Thursday, huge waves and strong winds forced the convoy, carrying 629 rescued migrants, to take a detour along the coast of the Italian island of Sardinia. "Italy is right to say that this has to be shared more widely".

Milanesi added that the comments made by France were "compromising relations between Italy and France".

Spain's compassion is commendable, but this action, "however well meaning, is not going to resolve this problem and risks fuelling the illegal smuggling which the European Union is trying to close down", says The Daily Telegraph.

There has been a recent increase in the number of migrants leaving Libya, "which may be an attempt to ensure Italy's new administration is as generous as the last".

Italian maritime vessels, however, are still arriving with migrants aboard.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emanuel Macron agree there's a need for better European management on migration and a need to share the burden of accepting migrants in the European block.

Macron said he "had not made any comment meant to offend Italy and the Italian people", the statement said.

Earlier this week, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe expressed France's readiness to help Spain which accepted to receive the stranded migrants following Italy and Malta position.

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