By: Steve Dellar | 06-13-2018 | News
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France - Macron Blasts Italy Over Migrant Ship Refusal (Video)

The decision of Italy’s new populist government to reject port for the rescue ship Aquarius with 629 African immigrants on board continues to draw criticism from other European countries. This time it was French President Emmanuel Macron, who has just returned from the G7 in Canada, who stated through his spokesman Benjamin Grivaux, that Italy was, according to bilateral agreements, obligated to accept Aquarius under maritime law.

Mr. Macron’s statement said: "There is a degree of cynicism and irresponsibility in the Italian government's behavior with regards to this dramatic humanitarian situation.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GME</a> | 629 migrants head to Spain after being blocked by Italy. Our correspondent <a href="">@AnneliseBorges</a> brings us the latest from on board the <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Aquarius</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; euronews (@euronews) <a href="">June 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"You can't create a precedent that will enable one European country to offload onto other European countries. We need to show solidarity which Italy has not shown."

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At the same time France's Prime Minister, Mr. Edouard Philippe said that the new Italian government of Mr. Salvini’s Lega Nord and Mr. Di Matteo’s Five-Star-Movement had "chosen to not respect its international obligations in terms of security for the people."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Serious question: Why are “already exhausted” migrants being forced to spend 4-5 more days at sea on a rough journey to Valencia? Zoom in on the route map to see how close Tunisia is. It’s a safe port about an hour away. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheCube</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Aquarius</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Keith Walker (@KeithWalkerNews) <a href="">June 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"This episode shows that there is no hope in the short-term for a national solution to this problem. There can only be a European response."

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As already stated in the previous reporting, Mr. Salvini’s refusal to let a migrant ship dock in the ports of Sicily hails a new episode in Europe’s immigration problem, now that the whole European press has been reporting the numbers of African refugees influx for days upon end.

Italy's has often complained that the EU was not doing enough to help with the influx of around 700,000 African migrants since 2013, but previous governments refused to act on it.


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Anonymous No. 28578 2018-06-13 : 11:38

Good for Italy if more countries do this then maybe they'll quit forcing their way into other countries and stay where they are. There's places in africa that they could go!

Vic G. No. 28586 2018-06-13 : 12:13

Macron… another Soros footstool… what more can one say??

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