Wednesday, May 11, 2011

NATO: No evidence that Allied ships will not help immigrants

NATO has said that none of its ships and aircraft deployed in the Mediterranean received requests for help from a drifting boat that ended with the death of 61 migrants from Libya and has ensured that its units have responded and will respond to all calls. After researching the information published on Monday by various means, the Alliance believes that there is "no proof" that their ships were involved in the incident.

"NATO has reviewed all available relevant information. We can not find any evidence of NATO ships involved in this tragic incident," said alliance spokeswoman Carmen Romero. The organization has said the accusation that their boats have ignored the calls for help were "erroneous" because none of them was in the area where the tragedy occurred.

"We've seen reports of the deaths of migrants at sea, are tragic stories, it shows the desperation of the people of Libya has been taken by the Gaddafi regime," he said in a press conference Allied spokeswoman Carmen Romero . NATO has stressed that all the ships under his command "will always respond to calls from ships in trouble," as fixed and maritime law as Allied ships did in the past.

Thus, recalled that on 26 March, for example, allied ships participating in the international operation in Libya rescuing hundreds of immigrants in two incidents off the Libyan coast. "To suggest that our captains do otherwise is unfair and disrespectful," added Romero. NATO has also ensured that there is evidence that Gaddafi is forcing people to sail for Europe, a practice condemned.

Some surviving witnesses reported that a French ship of NATO had left dozens of Africans died in the Mediterranean, after ignoring calls for help, according to the British newspaper 'The Guardian'. Despite the warning signals sent to the Italian coast guard and the ship was able to contact with a helicopter and a warship of NATO, no one tried to rescue the occupants, the British newspaper report.

However, both France and NATO refused at the outset that its military to ignore the ship in the Mediterranean, but opened an investigation to determine what usually happens. "We have not come across a vessel of this type. Obviously, we would have paid to help her. This matter does not concern us," said a spokesman of the Navy's gala at the time.

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