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Italy ready to block migrant summit conclusions … ANSA June 28, 2018 at 09:50AM

Italy ready to block migrant summit conclusions … ANSA

 

Italy ready to block migrant summit conclusions

Italy is ready to block the conclusions of the upcoming EU summit on migrants, sources said Wednesday.

It is ready to do so, they said, unless the final text includes the concept of shared responsibility on sea rescues.

The sources said this was the ‘red line’ for Rome.

Italy is asking that there should be support from the other EU countries in the docking of of ships carrying out activities of search and rescue in the Mediterranean, and in the redistribution of migrants, the
sources said.

In essence, that would mean overcoming the Dublin Regulation and the country of entry’s responsibility for migrant registration.

If the concept of shared responsibility is accepted, the sources said, and a recognition of the need to work on arrivals, Rome is willing to collaborate on secondary movements, a delicate issue for German Chancellor
Angela Merkel, who is vying with hawkish Interior Minister Horts Seehofer on this at a domestic level.

 

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