Government clarifies Malta’s position on Search & Rescue zone following Salvini’s comments
The Maltese Government said that the number of boats crossing the Mediterranean Sea to which Italian PM and Home Affairs Minister Matteo Salvini has referred to, are not cases which fall under Search & Rescue procedures.
In a statement,the Government said that in every case, Maltese Authorities are applying the necessary conventions. It added that the conventions do not allow the authorities to intercept boats which do not fall under the country’s jurisdiction.
He said that any interference from outside of the territory in a case where no request for help had been made, is considered illegal. The Government referred to a Tweet by Minister Salvini where he admitted that the boats he mentioned were not facing difficulties during their voyage.
The Government expressed its concern that once again, Italian authorities were resorting to irregular tactics to try and escape their own responsibilities.