PR01/04/2009 AD SAYS: START PATROLS IN MEDITERRANEAN NOW
- PR01/04/2009 AD SAYS: START PATROLS IN MEDITERRANEAN NOW
Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party looks forward to the start of the Italo-Libyan patrols that should save human lives and stem the mass trafficking of irregular migrants from the northern shores of Africa.
Arnold Cassola, Alternattiva Demokratika Chairperson and candidate for European elections, stated: "The latest tragedy at sea yesterday, with over 300 people missing, is a sad event that should make all aware of the cruelty that human trafficking brings along with it".
Alternattiva Demokratika welcomes the declaration by Italy that on 15 May the joint sea patrols by Libya and Italy will start. "However, in view of the extremely slow, late and normally inadequate response by the EU authorities, we urge the Italian and Libyan governments to start these patrols immediately. These joint patrols should not only help to save hundreds of lives but should also contribute to stopping heartless human traffickers".
"We trust that the Libyan and Italian authorities live up to this great responsibility and give their strong commitment to the curbing of abuse by traffickers and to the saving of human lives".