This picture shows two women from Doctors Without Borders waving to teh Aquarius, shown in the background, aboard which 106 migrants were traveling, at the Port of Valencia, Spain on June 17, 2018 Photo: EPS/ Juan Carlos Cardenas
This picture shows two women from Doctors Without Borders waving to teh Aquarius, shown in the background, aboard which 106 migrants were traveling, at the Port of Valencia, Spain on June 17, 2018 Photo: EPS/ Juan Carlos Cardenas

In an interview with Spanish daily El Mundo, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) President in Spain David Noguera called on the European Union for a "humane solution" to the migration situation, in order to avoid yet another case like the Aquarius.

Doctors Without Borders President in Spain David Noguera spoke out on the latest case of an NGO ship being blocked at sea, that of the Aquarius, in a recent interview with Spanish daily El Mundo. In it, he called on the European Union to find a "humane solution" to the migration situation, and said "there can't be a debate every time there's a new episode" like the Aquarius. 


Noguera said "the Mediterranean cannot be the deadliest migrant corridor in the world", where "for four years we have counted thousands of deaths without finding a solution in the sea that we all swim in". MSF is responsible for the Aquarius together with the NGO SOS Mediterranee. Noguera said there have been "about a thousand deaths since the ship arrived in Valencia" in mid-June, with 630 migrants aboard, after it was refused a safe port to dock by Italy and Malta. European solution needed Noguera didn't comment on the Spanish government's change in criteria since June, when it offered a safe port as well as a 45-day stay permit to the refugees.

But he did insist on the fact that the solution must come from the European Union, criticising the "inability of the member states" to find "a humane solution" to a situation that is more complex and acute than a rescue at sea.

Spain taking action for Aquarius solution 

The Spanish government had been "intensely negotiating" with the European Commission and "other countries" to find a "shared solution" for the current Aquarius situation, the Spanish daily El Pais reported. Catalan President Quim Torra had tweeted that he was making the region's three ports available to disembark the 141 migrants aboard, prior to the announcement of an agreement between six EU member states to receive the migrants aboard the Aquarius, which was granted authorisation to disembark in Malta. 
 

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