Malta informs Libya, Italy and Germany it will not accept any more immigrants
Following the Malta Government’s assertion that it will not be accepting or guaranteeing the rescue of more immigrants, this position was formally made known to Libya, Italy and Germany during meetings that Ministers Evarist Bartolo and Byron Camilleri held with the ambassadors of these countries.
A Government statement said the Libyan Ambassador was informed that his country’s instability is not only undermining the fight against Coronavirus but has led to the creation of immigrant centres that are being exploited for human trafficking.
Regarding the vessel ‘Alan Kurdi’ run by a German group, the statement said the German Ambassador the ship does not only not have a guarantee of a port to enter but does not even have sufficient provisions to feed the immigrants on board. The Ministers explained the vessel is serving as a magnate to encourage further illegal immigration.
Minister Byron Camilleri also spoke with EU Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Ylva Johansson, and maintained the EU has to shoulder its responsibilities, particularly in the current circumstances.
These diplomatic moves followed The Government’s acceptance to disembark a final group of immigrants with the help of the Armed Forces, but informed the EU that in the light of the current pandemic Malta cannot guarantee it is a safe port and has enough resources to help the immigrants.
Il-Gvern jgħid li Malta mhux se taċċetta u tiggarantixxi salvataġġ ta’ aktar immigranti