Spain and Italy close to deal to disembark Open Arms migrants in Mallorca

epa07523549 Proactiva Open Arms NGO president, Oscar Camps, poses on board of the Spanish NGO's Proactiva Open Arms ship as it leaves the port of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 23 April 2019, after being denied mobility for 100 days, to carry humanitarian aid to the Greek islands of Samos and Lesbos. The ship, who has rescued thousands of migrants at sea in the last years, has been denied permission to carry out any sea rescue operations other than providing humanitarian aid on the islands under penalty of a fine by Spanish authorities. EPA-EFE/Quique Garcia

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Spain and Italy appear to have struck a deal that will see the 107 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean for 18 days disembark at the Spanish port of Mallorca, Spanish rescue ship Open Arms said on Monday.

Open Arms described the decision as “incomprehensible,” given the deteriorating conditions on the ship and their proximity to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

For more than two weeks, the migrants have been left floating off the Italian coast, caught between a tug of war between Italy’s far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini’s tough line on immigration and the EU´s initial reluctance to find a solution.

Open Arms said on Monday that disembarking in Mallorca would add another three days what has been a trying situation has been.

“If an agreement has indeed been reached, it’s essential for Italy and Spain to take responsibility for ensuring, by providing the necessary means, that these people finally disembark at a safe harbour,” the organisation said in a statement.


Via Reuters/ANSA

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