The Malta Independent 20 January 2019, Sunday

Muscat and Sea-Watch

Peter Agius Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 14:31 Last update: about 11 days ago

Muscat had five years to avoid Sea-Watch stand-off. Rescue at sea should not be NGO business.

PN MEP candidate Peter Agius points to the Prime Minister’s responsibility in avoiding situations such as the Sea-watch standoff. In a video comment outside the Council of the European Union in Brussels, Agius says PM Muscat had five years’ time to find a solution at the table of the Council of the EU.

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The handling of these migrants should not depend on last-minute emergency phone calls between Muscat and other European leaders while asylum seekers are left stranded in our waters, said the former head of the European Parliament Office and Tajani speechwriter Peter Agius.

Agius also points out that rescue of migrants at sea should not be NGO business, but be reserved to competent authorities including Maltese AFM and Frontex, which should be assigned the resources to be up to the task.

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