The vice-president of the Government, Carmen Calvo, has said on Wednesday that the Spanish government continues to make intensive diplomatic efforts to resolve the situation of the Spanish fishing Our Mother Loreto, on Thursday, picked up to 12 migrants in waters close to the coasts libyan. The Government is informed of the situation of the boat through Salvage, Spanish, and made representations to the governments of Italy and Malta with the aim of promoting an alternative solution.
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In Valencia, the Government delegate in the autonomous Community of Valencia, Juan Carlos Fulgencio, has recognized that despite the intense work of the Executive, the negotiations with the Government of Tripoli, "are moving slowly to what is the desire of Spain". The vice-president of the Government of valencia, Monica Oltra, it is not satisfied with the efforts of the Executive of Pedro Sanchez and reiterated, for the second time, the layout of the Valencian regional government to welcome the migrants and libyans rescued. "The sea is not a place where you die," he underlined.
the rescue of The 12 migrants and libyans occurred around eight in the evening of last Thursday, when a patrol of the north african country located two small boats that were next to the fishing Our Mother Loreto. Three of the immigrants climbed on board for its own means while the rest jumped into the water. The patrol took up the coast to the people who remained in the boats and left in the water they had drawn, which were rescued by the fishing vessel from the province of alicante.
Fulgencio has insisted that Spain "may not consider any other option" that is not welcome in Libya of these migrants, "because this is a rescue on the high seas, we talk about shipwrecks, and maritime law point out that you have to go to a safe port in the affected areas of the country, in this case Libya."
The Government delegate in the Valencian Community "understands perfectly" the solicitation of "members of the valencian Government" but "what has the Government of Spain is to comply with international regulations and the situation is as it is".
Monica Oltra, number two of the valencian Government, has repeated that the sea "is not a Retrobet place where you die," and insists that the logical thing to do "would be to go to the nearest port". The vice president has assured that this scenario "is not occurring because there are EU governments, which are showing the worst side of the human being and politics," but he concluded: "We offer a place of welcome".
Oltra ensures that there are many NGOS that are willing, as happened with the ship Aquarius; to welcome these people who have fled the terror. "They have to get to a port and the solution would be that the countries that are closer to no turning back humanitarian law. Not being so, we offer you for them but the Government of Spain has more margin with their frigates of the Army to rescue them if they jeopardized the lives of the crew and the rescued". The vice president points out that it is waiting for, if there is no response of other ports closer to the fishing of Santa Pola, "the Spanish Government put to, except to the people who travel on it".
Tired on board
The wind dies down, but the tiredness is making an impression on the crew of the Our Mother Loreto. The fishing exceeded the early hours of this Wednesday between waves up to four meters. Your second pattern, Vicente Sampere, spent the night guard weathering the storm. "We had to move back a little from the point at which we were to Lampedusa, but now we are 93 miles from Libya, seven miles closer than yesterday. And we are still here waiting without knowing anything," he told Sampere to this newspaper.
The migrants rescued managed to sleep. "Piled in the hallway. We are a small boat, who do not believe that this is an ocean liner. We do not have a doctor or anything," says the pattern.
Sampere resigned to deliver the castaways to a patrol libya if finally this is the output that the Government of Spain gives to the rescued, but he warns: "If the situation becomes tense, if the kids are rebelling, or are thrown to the water we will have to leave. I don't know where or if we'll be shot at, but we're going"