The Malta Independent 8 December 2019, Sunday

PN again calls on government to allow stranded migrants to disembark in Malta

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 13:47 Last update: about 5 months ago

The Nationalist Party has once again called on the government to open its ports to hundreds of rescued migrants who remain stranded on NGO vessels.

In a statement, the PN said another day has passed yet the migrants remain stuck on a boat under the blazing sun.

The party said it understands that Malta has its limitations and it cannot assume on its own the collective responsibility of the European Union.

But in such a situation, we have to hold on to our Christian values, the party said. Malta cannot abandon those who require assistance, it said, adding that solidarity, altruism and charity remain values that define us as a nation. Malta should not make the same mistake other countries are making, the PN said.

The party said it understands the complications of the European Union, but no excuses should be made when people are in need of help. "It is shameful that nobody moved in a country that boasts about defending fundamental human rights," the PN said.

In such a position, and in view of the irresponsibility shown by other countries, the Maltese government should do the right thing and teach a lesson to the EU and ensure that these vulnerable children are given the necessary assistance and be brought to Malta.

The statement was signed by PN MP Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici and PN international secretary Roselyn Borg Knight.

Opposition Leader Adrian Delia made a similar appeal on Tuesday evening. 

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