Italy Calls for Formal Inquest Into “Presumed Failure” of NATO to Render Assistance to Disabled Migrant Boat and for Expansion of NATO Mandate to Include Rescue at Sea

Here is today’s full statement from the Italian Foreign Ministry:

Minister for Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini instructed the Italian Permanent Representative to NATO to call for a formal inquest into the dynamic regarding the presumed failure to come to the aid of boats carrying civilians fleeing Libya. Minister Frattini also asked Ambassador Sessa to urge discussion within the Atlantic Alliance of the possibility of adapting the mandate of the mission sanctioned by UN resolutions 1970 and 1973 to safeguard Libyan civilians, to the effect that the defence and aid of those fleeing the conflict by sea, and thereby risking their lives, be adequately taken into consideration.

In relazione alle polemiche circa il presunto mancato soccorso a battelli con clandestini a bordo in fuga dalla Libia, il Ministro degli Esteri Frattini ha dato istruzioni al Rappresentante Permanente italiano presso la NATO di chiedere un’inchiesta formale per l’accertamento della dinamica di quanto accaduto. Il Ministro Frattini ha anche chiesto all’Ambasciatore Sessa di sollecitare una discussione all’interno dell’Alleanza Atlantica per il possibile adeguamento del mandato della missione di salvaguardia delle popolazioni civili in Libia, sulla base delle risoluzioni delle Nazioni Unite 1970 e 1973, affinchè vengano opportunamente considerate la tutela e soccorso anche di coloro che per cause belliche sono costretti a fuggire su barconi mettendo a rischio la propria incolumità.

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2 responses to “Italy Calls for Formal Inquest Into “Presumed Failure” of NATO to Render Assistance to Disabled Migrant Boat and for Expansion of NATO Mandate to Include Rescue at Sea

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