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Italy's Salvini wants 'guarantees' before rescued migrants land

AFP  |  ROME 

Italy's today called for "guarantees" before allowing an Italian coastguard ship with more than 60 migrants on board to dock.

Some of the 67 migrants on the "Diciotti" (Eighteen) vessel are believed to have revolted on a previous boat over fears they could be returned to

The sailors on that ship had locked themselves in the control room and called for help at the Rome-based rescue centre, according to Italian

"For the moment, no port" for Diciotti, told journalists, adding that any "perpetrators of threats or aggression will not end up in the hotel but in prison".

According to press reports, the coastguard vessel could nevertheless dock at the today afternoon.

Salvini, who is also and leader of the far-right League party, has banned NGO rescue boats which pick up migrants in the from docking in He accuses the NGO ships of aiding human traffickers to bring migrants to

"I will not allow any kind of landing until I have assurances for the Italian people that delinquants, who are not refugees, who have hijacked a ship with violence, spend some time in prison, and are taken back to their homes as soon as possible," he said.

will meet his Austrian and German counterparts in Innsbruck, Austria, on the sidelines of a meeting of EU interior ministers scheduled for tomorrow.

Having blocked the NGO ships, he intends to ask them "not to send ships currently on an international mission in the to Italian ports".

The case of the Diciotti has also highlighted a split within the coalition, which includes the League and Luigi Di Maio's Five whose left fringe is opposed to the closing of Italian ports. Di Maio, also a deputy prime minister, said yesterday if the vessel "intervened in a situation... we must follow up and let it land.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 20:15 IST
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