Migrants rescued off Malta coast

Satellite telephone used to alert rescue services in Rome, Maltese armed forces say.

    Malta has seen a record influx of migrants this year [AFP]

    The island has seen a record influx of migrants this year, despite a strict detention policy which sees most migrants detained for 18 months.

    "We have not had arrivals of illegal immigrants in December for years", a Maltese army spokesman said.

    Over the weekend, almost 2,000 migrants from north Africa arrived on Lampedusa, a figure that prompted Italy's interior minister to publicly complain to Libya.

    Last year, Libya agreed with Italy to set up joint patrols to curb the number of immigrants crossing by sea to Italy.

    A subsequent pact between the two countries in August reiterated this goal, but Italy's parliament has yet to approve the accord.

    Franco Frattini, Italy's foreign minister and Ignazio La Russa, the country's defence minister, acknowledged part of the blame for failing to tackle the problem fell on Rome.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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