Italy and Malta Dispute Over Lampedusa Tragedy

“Italy and Malta ‘trade accusations’ on Lampedusa tragedy,” by Neil Camilleri for the Malta Independent:

Malta and Italy have started trading accusations over their roles in the 11 October Lampedusa tragedy, Italian weekly news magazine L’Espresso has reported.

A report penned by journalist Fabrizio Gatti says that the Italian government has replied in Parliament to a “clear accusation” by Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who claimed that “Italy did not do its duty to save 260 Syrian migrants, including some sixty children.”

L’Espresso says that Dr Muscat made this claim a few weeks ago on Maltese television (Xarabank), when he said that the former commander of the AFM Martin Xuereb had called him asking for instructions. “What are we going to do because according to the international rules we are not the ones who are supposed to take them? But we are seeing people go under one by one. They cannot fight the currents anymore. I said listen, forget all the rules and laws. Pick them up and bring them to Malta.”…

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