Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italy praised for accepting 102 migrants refused by Malta

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(see related story) Rome, August 7 - Leading
international human rights organizations on Wednesday praised
Italy's decision to accept 102 immigrants rescued by the Salamis
tanker and refused entry by Malta.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), International Organization
for Migration (IOM) and Italian Red Cross praised Rome's green
light to accept the migrants from Sudan and Eritrea following
intense overnight diplomatic negotiations.
The UN Refugee Agency expressed ''appreciation'' for the
humanitarian value of Italy's decision and stressed the
importance of ''cooperation and coordination among states'' in
rescuing and welcoming migrants ''in need of international
protection''.
Among the migrants rescued by the Libyan-registered Salamis
tanker off Libya's coast on Sunday were ''pregnant women and
other persons in a condition of extreme vulnerability'' said IOM
in a statement, expressing satisfaction for the end of the
migrants' ordeal.
The 102 Sudanese and Eritrean migrants included 81 men, 20
women, four of whom are pregnant, and a five-month-old infant.
In such a situation, the organization protecting migrants'
rights said, the priority is guaranteeing the security and
health of immigrants.
IOM cited European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia
Malmstrom who said that international disputes over which
country should provide assistance to migrants needed to be
postponed until after rescue operations were completed.
The Italian Red Cross deployed 10 volunteers at the
Sicilian port of Siracusa to help the migrants, who started
arriving early on Wednesday afternoon on tax police cutters
carrying them from the Salamis tanker.
The organization's president Francesco Rocca thanked the
Italian government for its decision to receive the migrants
refused by Malta.
Europe should now discuss a common strategy to accept
migrants "so that we don't have to witness similar episodes
anymore", said Rocca.

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