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Antigua: Gov’t rules out commission of inquiry into African migrant saga


(Antigua Observer) Despite repeated calls for a commission of inquiry into the African charter flights saga – which saw hundreds of Cameroonian migrants stranded in Antigua – government spokesman Lionel Hurst yesterday ruled out such a probe.

The Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff told Friday’s post-Cabinet press conference that an inquiry is not necessary.

Hurst even went a step further to criticise the opposition parties who he claimed have been politicising the issue.

“If you can find good reasons, I think we would pursue but we have no good reasons, none. We have been very helpful to those who find themselves in a sad situation right here in Antigua and Barbuda but the opposition was hostile and they continue to be hostile, so last night just seemed like a charade,” Hurst said.

The UPP on Thursday night joined a vigil staged by concerned citizens in tribute to the migrants lost in the March 28 boat disaster which saw the Guadeloupe-registered La Belle Michelle capsize en route to the US Virgin Islands. The tragedy is believed to have claimed the lives of 16 people.

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