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Concern over increasing demand of migrants

Vincent Cochetel, the UN's special envoy for the Central Mediterranean, warned that migrants were becoming more radical as a result of NGOs pushing them to raise their demands.

He was commenting on theOpen Arms migrant rescue ship whichhadbeen trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa for weeks.

The Spanish rescue boat was stuck in a stalemate with the Italian government for 20 days as Rome refused to let it dock.

Spain offered to let the migrants disembark in Mallorca but Open Arms rejected.

The non-profit repeatedly said that the situation on board was desperate and some migrants were suicidal.

This prompted Cochetel to tweet: 'Open Arms rejects Spanish offer of safe haven... while I understand the difficulty of the situation on board, I am very concerned by the radicalisation of the migratory dreams & demands of some migrants & refugees in Libya & neighbouring countries.'