President slams treatment of migrants in Lampedusa centre
Says he hopes incident doesn't cast dark shadow over Italy19 December, 20:18
He was speaking at an annual conference held with Italy's top ambassadors and organized by the Italian foreign ministry. Earlier in the day Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Angelino Alfano said the Italian government "has decided to terminate the contract" with the cooperative running the Lampedusa migrant centre. An international storm was caused this week by a video showing naked migrants at the centre being sprayed with disinfectants in an open-air courtyard in the cold of winter.
Alfano said the management of the centre on the Italian island between Tunisia and Sicily, where tens of thousands of migrants make first contact in Europe after the hazardous crossing over the Mediterranean from North Africa every year, was likely to be assigned to the International Red Cross.