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PR191513

07/07/2019

STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF MALTA

Following discussions with the European Commission and the German government, the Maltese government will transfer 65 rescued immigrants on board the ship Alan Kurdi operated by the NGO Sea-Eye to an Armed Forces of Malta asset which will then enter a Maltese port. 

 

All the rescued persons on board will be immediately relocated to other European Union member states. None of the said immigrants will remain in Malta as this case was not under the responsibility of the Maltese authorities.

 

Three persons on board in need of urgent medical attention will be immediately evacuated.

 

In the meantime, an agreement was reached whereby as a sign of recognition to the goodwill of the Maltese government, European Union member states will also take at least half of the 58 migrants rescued in a separate operation by the Armed Forces of Malta, in a case under the responsibility of the Maltese authorities.