Alexander Winterstein, a spokesman for the European Commisssion, instructed reporters Friday that the EU “operates on guidelines, not threats,” and urged all events concerned to “work constructively collectively to discover a answer for the individuals on board within the spirit of excellent cooperation.”
Italian Coast Guard ship Ubaldo Diciotti picked up 190 migrants on August 15 from an overcrowded boat 17 miles from the island of Lampedusa after they have been refused entry to Malta. Of these, 13 folks struggling severe medical points have been taken to Lampedusa for therapy.
On Wednesday, an Inside Ministry spokesman instructed CNN, an extra 27 unaccompanied minors have been allowed to disembark, leaving 150 grownup migrants caught aboard the vessel, which has been docked within the port of Catania since Monday. Italian authorities cited “humanitarian causes” for permitting the youngsters to go ashore.
Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio mentioned in a video posted to Fb on Thursday that if different EU international locations did not agree to soak up the migrants after a European Fee assembly on Friday then Italy would cease making funds to the EU.
“If the European Union stubbornly continues to maintain this perspective, if tomorrow nothing comes out from the European Fee, in the event that they determine nothing relating to the Diciotti vessel, on the redistribution of the migrants, then I and all of the 5 Star Motion will not be keen to offer 20 billion every year to the European Union.”
Nevertheless, the European Fee instructed CNN it was not holding a gathering on Friday particularly on this challenge earlier than including that negotiations have been in progress. “Work has been ongoing since Sunday. This intense work continues to be ongoing. We don’t touch upon feedback,” it mentioned.
Discovering an answer for these stranded aboard the vessel stays a “principal precedence” for the fee, Winterstein mentioned, including that “if it takes longer it’s definitely not for lack of efforts on our components.”
“As we’ve defined over these final days, the commissioners work intensively and proceed to work intensively in the direction of a decision of the scenario on board of the Diciotti with a view to permit for a secure disembarkation as quickly as doable,” Winterstein added.
Whereas Italy and the EU conflict over the distribution of migrants, charities and nongovernmental organizations working with refugees and migrants have expressed concern over the worsening scenario.
Carlotta Sami, South Europe spokeswoman for the UN Refugee Company, mentioned on Twitter: “Individuals on board have been abused, tortured, trafficked. They urgently have to obtain help and the precise to hunt asylum. A elementary proper, not a criminal offense.”
CNN’s Lindsay Isaac and Hada Messia contributed to this report.