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Antigua: Boat tragedy was ‘entirely foreseeable’ and warrants impartial investigation –ambassador


(Antigua Observer) A high-ranking ambassador says Antigua and Barbuda should heed calls for a public inquiry into the saga surrounding African migrants stranded in the country.

The main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) previously launched a petition calling on the Governor General to take action.

Those calls have intensified following the tragic death of an estimated 16 Cameroonians who were among a group of 32 people aboard a vessel that sank near St Kitts and Nevis on March 28.

It is believed that about 30 migrants had been smuggled out of Antigua and Barbuda aboard the rickety fishing vessel, La Belle Michelle II.

The 14 migrants who were rescued along with two Antiguans were revealed to have arrived in Antigua and Barbuda between November and December aboard charter flights from Nigeria.

Some people have called for the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Gaston Browne who remains steadfast in his stance that his government should not be held responsible for last Tuesday’s disaster.

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