PM anticipates trilateral solution for immigration

Speaking on irregular immigration, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that he anticipates a trilateral solution to the immigration problem. Dr Muscat explained that in the past weeks there have been contacts with Libya’s government, as well as with Italy and Greece, and that he expects that these will be most fruitful.

During an interview on ONE Radio on Sunday morning, PM Muscat said that he had seen “more will than solutions” from Europe’s side. On the pushback issue, Dr Muscat said that he had only said that the government was keeping all its options open, and some had assumed that he was referring to the pushback. The Opposition had spun the issue out of proportion and made him look “almost like a murderer”.

However, Dr Muscat said, while in his case there had only been an assumption, in the case of the previous PN government, the European Court had just found it guilty of violating the human rights of two immigrants while they were in detention. He now had to work to clear Malta’s name, Dr Muscat said.

On the serious deficiencies which have been revealed through the Auditor General’s report on oil procurement between 2008 and mid-2011, PM Muscat referred to Austin Gatt’s declaration that “he was not interested”, and the Opposition had said that Gatt was not under an obligation to answer because he was no longer in the political scene, and yet the Opposition did not want to answer in Gatt’ place.

“I was told that I had to bear responsibility for what occurred in the eighties, and I bore that responsibility,” Muscat said. However Simon Busuttil, who had been working shoulder to shoulder with Gatt during the electoral campaign 5 months ago, seems to be supporting Gatt’s stance on silence. “I therefore expect Simon Busuttil to bear responsibility and be the one to speak up. Perhaps he is afraid to speak on oil procurement,” Dr Muscat said.

Dr Muscat went on to say that during the last legislature the PN parliamentary group had voted against the no-confidence motion in Austin Gatt which had been presented by the then Labour Opposition, and had refused to discuss the no-confidence motion in Gatt brought forward by Franco Debono. They therefore had to be held responsible if Austin Gatt could not, since they had supported Gatt to shirk responsibility at the time when he was in a position to bear it.

On the government’s energy plan, PM Muscat said that this was still on track and that electricity bills are expected to be deducted by 25% for families from the coming March as planned. “Up until five months ago we were being told that this plan was an ‘Alice in Wonderland’, but now these sceptics will also be receiving a deducted utility bill from next March,” Dr Muscat said.

He made it clear that while the Government was working successfully on its sustainable energy plan, the Opposition was doing its utmost to place hurdles in the way. “The people need to know that while the Government will deduct utility bills, the PN Opposition is trying, albeit unsuccessfully, to stop the Government from fulfilling its electoral mandate.”

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Martin.Vella

- Mon 29-Jul-2013, 11:15

The vast majority of these illegal immigrants are not bona fide asylum seekers. They are economic immigrants.Sur Prim Ministru Il Poplu Warajk u solidari mieghek.

Pietru

- Sun 28-Jul-2013, 22:54

The only satisfactory outcome acceptable to the Maltese people is the removal od all the illegal immigrants from Malta. It dioes NOT matter who takes them but they maut ALL be removed. Anything less is absolutely NOT satisfactory.

Charles J Buttigieg

- Sun 28-Jul-2013, 18:01

Joseph Muscat said that he anticipates a trilateral solution to the immigration problem. He explained that in the past weeks there have been contacts with Libya’s government, as well as with Italy and Greece, and that he expects that these will be most fruitful.

A success in this regard and the Energy issues, Mater Dei and giving zero tolerance to corruption will no doubt be the four superlative milestones to crown our Prime Minister with the wreath of valour.

joseph borg

- Sun 28-Jul-2013, 12:17

In respect of the all the Maltese in general, the truth regarding the procurement of oil must come out. It would be immoral if those responsible for any wrongdoings to get away free and this includes public service employees responsible to ensure that no hanky-panky takes place. Joseph, do your best for the truth to come out.