The Malta Independent 19 September 2019, Thursday

Watch: PM hopes for compromise in Zonqor saga, says government evaluating all opinions

Therese Bonnici Monday, 22 June 2015, 11:32 Last update: about 5 years ago

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this morning that he wished for a compromise to be found on the controversial Zonqor university project. Speaking to journalists after an MEUSAC meeting, Dr Muscat said all opinions were being evaluated, including the opinions of non-governmental organisations as well as those of who took part in the Valletta protest on Saturday.

Asked whether he is excluding Zonqor, he said he is excluding that no compromise is reached.

Talks are underway, he said, to see if the university can be split into two parts – one in Marsascala and the other in another location. He did not specify if the part in Marsascala would be sited at Zonqor.

“Anyone who is not interested in absolutism, but rather interested in compromise should be satisfied,” he said.

The Prime Minister said he does not agree that a walk in favour of the project should be held and called on the organisers to cancel the event, which was to be held on Sunday.

He added that he was not informed of the walk. The decision he said, does not depend on walks held, but rather on talks between all stakeholders.

Replying to questions by this paper, Dr Muscat said all agreements and contracts related to the American University of Malta will be published in due time.  “That is the way the way we do things”, he said, “contrary to what happened under the previous administration, when several contracts, including those of Arriva and Maltco, were kept under wraps.” 

Dr Muscat said that he was asked by Lotto booths to publish the Maltco agreement, however a clause in the agreement does not allow him to do so.

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