discussions with the European Commission and a number of member states, namely
France and Germany, Malta has agreed to be part of the solution in the Ocean
Viking stalemate, without prejudice to its legal position.
vessel has 356 persons on board, all intercepted and rescued in various
operations, none of which took place within the Maltese area of competence or
under the direction of the Maltese authorities.
transfer the said persons on Armed Forces of Malta vessels outside territorial
waters and will take them onshore. All the said migrants will be
relocated to other member states: France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg,
Portugal and Romania. None of the said migrants will remain in Malta.
coming days, more persons which had been disembarked in Malta under previous ad
hoc arrangements will be transferred to the member states in fulfilment of
committed to being a proactive member of the European Union, being part of
pragmatic solutions that do not put undue pressure on one single member state.
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