ITALY CALLS ON FRENCH AUTHORITIES TO SEIZE CONTROL OF RESCUE VESSEL ‘AQUARIUS’




Mustafa AY – TDO – 21.11.2018 On Tuesday, Italy called on French authorities to seize control of rescue vessel ‘Aquarius’, which played an undeniable role in exacerbation of political uproar on the matter of immigration in EU. Italian authorities alleged that Aquarius, which actively sailed for rescuing immigrants from drowning on Mediterranean, was illegally dumping toxic chemicals in its ports. That’s why, Italy called on French authorities in motion for taking essential actions for purpose of imposing legal restriction on Aquarius.

In response to allegations and calls by Italy, the charity ‘Doctors Without Borders’, which holds tenure of Aquarius’, condemned the Italy’s accusing remarks as unfounded. Currently, Panama-flagged Aquarius cannot sail since Panama revoked its registration. According to Panama, they were subject to pressure put by Roma to render all permissions of Aquarius invalid for sailing on international waters.