MADRID, Oct. 14 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The 'Ocean Viking', the rescue boat managed by the NGOs Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS Mediterranée, has asked the authorities of Malta and Italy to allow “decent landing” for the 176 migrants and refugees waiting on board .
The ship has sailed north to international waters between Malta and the Italian island of Lampedusa, given that the Libyan authorities “offer no alternative but Tripoli” for landing, despite not being a safe place, according to MSF.
The 176 migrants, among which there are 33 minors and four pregnant women, were rescued in two operations carried out on Saturday and Sunday.
“These men, women and children have lived a terrible and frightening voyage by sea,” recalled the director of operations of SOS Mediterranée, Frederic Penard, who recalled that the intervention of the 'Ocean Viking' is just “an urgent solution” To save their lives.
The Deputy Director General of the French NGO, Fabienne Lassalle, has stressed that, with this, there are already four times that the ship has had to wait for a “safe place” for landing, despite the messages within the EU to establish “a predictable landing mechanism in accordance with Maritime Law”.
Malta, Italy, France and Germany have agreed to establish such a mechanism, but the meeting of Interior Ministers of the community bloc concluded without agreement last week. “Ad hoc agreements cannot be the solution. We urge governments to put an end to this unacceptable situation,” Lassalle stressed.