AD calls for fair responsibility sharing for Libyan refugees
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Commenting on the Government’s position regarding political refugees from Libya, Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party appealed for fair responsibility sharing amongst EU countries with relatively much less asylum seekers and refugees in proportion to the countries’ population.
Robert Callus AD spokesperson on Migration and Citizenship said that, "Malta has nearly always acted responsibly in its role of protecting asylum seekers and refugees, lived up to its International responsibilities and ‘played fair’ when it came to dealing with other EU countries. While this is commendable, it is more than clear that the EU rules themselves are unfair on Malta due to its size and geographical location."
"The EU can no longer sit on the fence. This institution was built on the concept of solidarity. This solidarity should be shown in practical terms by revising the Dublin II convention to ensure collective responsibility sharing by all EU member states. Anything less than that is plain and straight egoism by individual countries."
Prof. Arnold Cassola, AD Spokesperson on EU and International Affairs, said that, "in view of all that is happening, it should become clear to one and all that the imposition of tough conditions with regard to the respect of social, civil, political rights etc. should be entrenched as a strong precondition imposed by the EU on any country, including these new potential democracies in North Africa before conducting any business transaction. With regards to Libya, the signing and ratification of the Geneva convention on Human rights is an absolute must."
Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said that. "AD will be discussing this issue in a motion in the forthcoming council of the European Green Party that will be held in Budapest in the coming days."