Published: August 13, 2019
Migrants: SOS Med-MSF 'will never take people back to Libya' Interior ministry said Tripoli port 'safe'
(ANSAmed) - Rome, August 13 - The NGOs SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Tuesday that they ''will never take people back to Libya under any circumstance'', after the interior ministry said Libya has offered the port of Tripoli to disembark 356 rescued migrants on the Ocean Viking vessel operated by the two organizations. ''Under international law, neither Tripoli nor any other port in Libya are safe ports and taking people back there would be a serious violation'', they said.
The request for a safe port was made to Libya on August 9, the NGOs sad, after the first rescue operation because Libya is the maritime authority with jurisdiction over the search and rescue area ''and the safe port must be requested to it''.
However, Libya is not a safe port and therefore the ship will not go to Tripoli, they said.
''We are waiting for a port to be assigned that responds to the requirements of international legislation''. (ANSAmed) source