The president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, today urged the captain of the Spanish fishing vessel "Our Mother of Loreto", blocked for ten days off the coast of Libya with 11 migrants on board, to respect international laws and go to the port more safe and close.
Sánchez referred to the situation of this ship at the press conference he offered at the end of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.
When asked why he does not act in this case as in the case of the Aquarius (which he welcomed shortly after his arrival to the Presidency of the Government), he explained that then there was no safe harbor and now.
The Chief Executive recalled that everyone, not only the Government of Spain, but also citizens and private boats, are subject to international law and community law.
Next, he explained that international and community law are clear and, in cases like this, what must be done is to go to the nearest and safest nearby port.
"Right now, there is that possibility, so I remember that we all have to be subject to EU and international legislation, and that's what I would ask of the skipper of that ship," he added.