Migrant-rescuing ship not allowed to sail under Swiss flag
The government has rejected a plan to allow the ship which has been rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean to sail under the Swiss flag.
The ‘Aquarius’ has been operating with Panamanian registration, but the country has withdrawn its listing, which means the ship is stuck in port.
Several members of parliament had been pushing the government to allow it to continue its operations under the Swiss flag.
The federal council says it believes any solution in the Mediterranean needs to be coordinated with other countries.
The ship has saved 29,000 migrants from the sea since 2016.