(ANSA) - ROME, MARCH 27 - "Enough war on NGOs, on civilian rescue ships. Let's cooperate to save as many lives as possible at sea. Let's produce a synergistic action, in the face of this imperative - to save! - which could lead the European Union to withdraw from his fugitive on this issue, and to put in place a coordinated rescue mission in view of a summer that promises to be terrible from the point of view of the risks at sea".
This is a passage from Mediterranea's appeal launched in a letter to the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella.
"What we must do is put at the centre, here and now, a large and immediate choral action, by institutions and civil society, by an entire country, to prevent above all other innocent deaths from bloodying our history and our sea", reads the letter.
Mediterranea launches an appeal to "put before everything - political positions, long-term strategies, enemies towards us - the supreme good of helping those who are innocent and ask for our help. We ask you to fully honor the history of this country, of its millenary tradition of hospitality and immigration".
"Removing means available and usable for sea rescue is equivalent at this moment to condemning hundreds of people to death - continues the letter -. Delegate control of the largest Sar area in the Mediterranean to the self-styled 'Libyan coastguard' will not keep people safe who are trying to escape from that hell. You know better than us that Libya is not a 'place of safety', and that every 'rescue' they give, when it happens, is in reality equivalent to a capture and deportation to a place where the violation of human rights it is systematic and terrible. This occurs in defiance of the Geneva Convention on refugees and refugees. To think that Tunisia, with the crisis it is facing and after Saied's racist incitement against sub-Saharan refugees, can "save"someone who flees there in terror is implausible". (ANSA).