"Not our responsibility, consider Malta. Italy says flatly no, and for Germany and the Netherlands, it is a maybe – if other countries do the same."
"Pope Francis is now calling on european leaders to stop arguing about the migrants on the Mediterranean sea, and let them go in the country."
"at the moment, are 49 migrants aboard two rescue vessels in the Mediterranean."
"– I appeal to european leaders to show real solidarity with these people, " says pope Francis before about 60 000 spectators in saint peter's square in the Vatican in Rome."
"He raises then the voice:"
"– They are looking for just a safe port where they can go in the country."
"Were the Sea Watch 3 have been out to sea since the 22nd of december and have been denied to go in port in both Italy and Malta. 32 migrants, including three children and four teenagers, is on board. A further 17 migrants are stuck on a ship that belongs to the German aid organization Sea Eye. Nor do they have anywhere to go."
"Germany and the Netherlands have said that they may possibly be dropping a few migrants – provided that other countries do the same."
"Just before the pope's statement defending Malta's prime minister Joseph Muscat's decision not to accept migrants, in an interview with the radio station," Radio One."
"We need to have a balance between the human aspect and the national security," he says and points out that Malta does not have any legal responsibility for the rescue operation."
"– On Malta receiving the two ships, it would mean that the bullies win, " he adds, probably referring to Italy which does not seem to change its decision."
"the Italian ports are closed"
"Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini believes in turn that the ships are Malta's responsibility, because Malta"
"– No more people will come forward to Italy. So is the decision and it will not change, " said Salvini to the newspaper Il Messagero."