Germany: Berlin urges EU-wide solution in wake of Sea-Watch captain arrest

Germany is urging an EU-wide solution on the rules of disembarkation for refugees and migrants picked up at sea, according to government spokespersons who held a news conference in Berlin on Monday. They referred to the arrest of the Sea-Watch 3 captain Carola Rackete in Italy after she disobeyed a military vessel and brought her ship with rescued migrants into the port of Lampedusa. «In... Еще general, the Federal government opposes any kind of criminalisation of sea rescuers. If there are concrete accusations of the Italian authorities, they have to be explained in a constitutional way as fast as possible», said deputy government spokesperson Martina Fietz. At the same time, she added, such commitment to sea rescue should not motivate more people to risk the perilous crossing. Spokesperson Maria Adebahr quoted German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas who said that criminalisation of Rackete's case is incomprehensible for Berlin. Interior Ministry Spokesperson Bjorn Grunewalder said an urgent solution is needed. «It is the task of the EU Commission to come up with a temporary mechanism that establishes fast and reliable disembarkation of people that got into distress at sea. So that we don't have to start all over again when a ship picks up refugees», said the spokesperson.

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