356 persons on board Ocean Viking will disembark in Malta and relocated to EU member states

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Malta will help rescue 356 migrants stranded on a charity ship for a fortnight after reaching a deal with other countries, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has said.

The Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking is currently in international waters between Malta and the Italian island of Lampedusa.

“All the said migrants will be relocated to other member states: France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Romania.  None of the said migrants will remain in Malta,” the government said.

The government insisted that more persons who had disembarked in Malta under previous ad hoc arrangements will be transferred to other member states in fulfilment of their pledges.

“Malta is committed to being a proactive member of the EU, being part of pragmatic solutions that do not put undue pressure on one single member state,” the government said.

Malta’s efforts to broker a solution were praised by European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, who urged all parts to honour their commitments “swiftly”.

Via Times / Malta Today


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