Hunting minister not a signatory to FKNK agreement on Miżieb and Aħrax

Miguela Xuereb

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The minister responsible for hunting – Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri – confirmed that he was not one of the signatories to the controversial agreement that handed over the Miżieb and Aħrax woodlands to the FKNK hunters’ federation.

The Nationalist Party’s spokesperson on the environment, David Thake, had sought to ask Camilleri a couple of parliamentary questions on the agreement, only to be told to ask the minister responsible instead.

During question time, Thake expressed incredulity at the statement, questioning whether Camilleri was truly the minister responsible for hunting. But Camilleri clarified that the agreement concerned the transfer of lands, and was thus signed by Minister Ian Borg as the minister responsible for lands as well as Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia.

The agreement was signed behind closed doors, in advance of a ceremony that had been planned, in an apparent bid to evade protesters.

The land is transferred to the FKNK for three years, though the coastal areas in Aħrax will continue to be treated as public domain. The federation, however, may limit access to the woodlands during hunting seasons, which technically cover most of the year.