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Offbeat Call to help find missing migrants as Italy, Malta refuse rescue ship

03:21  12 june  2018
03:21  12 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) launched an initiative in Rome on Monday to help find missing migrants in the Mediterranean, a day after Italy and Malta refused to allow a rescue boat carrying 629 migrants to dock in its ports.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) launched an initiative in Rome on Monday to help find missing migrants in the Mediterranean, a day after Italy and Malta refused to allow a rescue boat carrying 629 migrants to dock in their ports.

Life jackets on a beach after dozens of migrants drowned in a shipwreck off the coast of Sabrata in September last year © Provided by AFP Life jackets on a beach after dozens of migrants drowned in a shipwreck off the coast of Sabrata in September last year

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) launched an initiative in Rome on Monday to help find missing migrants in the Mediterranean, a day after Italy and Malta refused to allow a rescue boat carrying 629 migrants to dock in its ports.

Representatives from Italy, Malta, Greece and Cyprus met to discuss ways to better locate and identify missing migrants -- at the same time the Aquarius rescue ship, carrying migrants including children and pregnant women, was left stranded at sea for two days --- until Spain mid-Monday said it would allow it to dock at the port of Valencia.

629 migrants on humanitarian ship caught in Mediterranean limbo

  629 migrants on humanitarian ship caught in Mediterranean limbo A ship carrying more than 600 rescued migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean Sea between Malta and Italy after both countries declined to take its human cargo. The ship, Aquarius, is operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the SOS Mediterranee organizations.Aquarius rescued 629 people Saturday night into Sunday morning -- taking on people from two rubber vessels as well as "Italian navy ships, Italian coast guard ships and merchant vessels" in six different operations, MSF and SOS said on Twitter.The organizations said the boat was located 35 nautical miles from Italy and 27 nautical miles from Malta.

find missing migrants in the Mediterranean, a day after Italy and Malta refused to allow a rescue boat carrying 629 migrants to dock in their ports. and identify missing migrants -- at the same time the Aquarius rescue ship , carrying migrants including children and women, was left stranded at sea

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) launched an initiative in Rome on Monday to help find missing migrants in the Mediterranean, a day after Italy and Malta refused to allow a rescue boat carrying 629 migrants to dock in their ports.

"It's the first time in history that governments have come together on this issue, believe it or not," said Kathryne Bomberber, ICMP Executive Director.

"One country is not capable of dealing with this problem, just given the enormity, the scale of the problem and given that migrants are missing across the Mediterranean."

"So it's very important that governments cooperate to account for the missing persons and that they meet their obligations under the law to investigate missing persons cases," said Bomberber.

Nearly 27,000 migrants may have disappeared worldwide since 2014, including 16,000 in the Mediterranean, said participants at the meeting in a statement.

Drownings in the Mediterranean began surging in 2013 as Europe's worst migration crisis since World War II began picking up speed, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and elsewhere.

A large number of children cannot be located after their arrival in Europe.

"One of the challenges for any country faced with the migrant issue is finding practical solutions to this issue... The point is to not politicise this process, but work together to find practical economic solutions," said Bomberber.

Shunned by Italy, Migrants at Sea Begin Arriving in Spain .
After a week in a diplomatic standoff, the Aquarius and another ship carrying migrants docked in Valencia on Sunday. A third ship is on its way.The Aquarius, a rescue ship carrying 106 migrants, docked shortly before 11 a.m. local time. The Aquarius entered the port four hours after the arrival of 274 other migrants on board the Dattilo, an Italian Navy vessel. Another Italian Navy ship, the Orione, was expected to reach Valencia later on Sunday.

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