On April 27 2014, is scheduled to start the destruction of 100 tonnes of chemical weapons of the 1400 tonnes that were sold to Syria by the War Industries. The decommissioning process, with the method of hydrolysis, is scheduled to take place in international waters between Crete (Greece), Libya, Italy and Malta, under the auspices of the UN, NATO and the European Union. This dangerous experiment will occur for the first time at sea, as the candidate countries, Albania, Belgium, Norway, etc., refused the destruction of these weapons on their territory, despite the strong countervailing benefits that they were offered.
The transport and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons in the Mediterranean Sea violates the limitations laid down by the United Nations “Convention on the Law of the Sea” (UNCLOS 1982;http://www.un.org/depts/los/convention_agreements/texts/unclos/unclos_e.pdf) and the “London Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter” (LC 1972; http://www.gc.noaa.gov/documents/gcil_lc.pdf), which have been adopted to protect the marine environment and to set up criteria for the transportation and dumping of toxic waste.
Scientists from Greece and Israel have already expressed serious concerns over the effectiveness of the method of hydrolysis to neutralise chemicals, such as sarin, mustard gas and VX (nerve gas), while the residues of this process are toxic waste. The consequences will be devastating for the marine and coastal ecosystems, for the people and the economy, as the Mediterranean is a closed sea with very slow water-renewal. Such an action does not respect the local communities of the Mediterranean, disregards the international treaties, and places at risk the highly sensitive ecosystems and marine species that live in the area.
The place and the way chosen for the destruction of the chemical weapons reveals once again the role that is determined for the Global South by the powerful capitalist economies and their local partners. This area has been selected to maintain the Warfare Economy through artificial economic and military conflicts; as the dumping site for the hazardous wastes of “development”; as a place where life has no value.
We do not accept the role they have assigned for us.
NO GEOPOLITICAL GAMES ON THE MEDITERRANEAN PEOPLE’S EXPENSE
WE DEMAND THAT YOU STOP NOW THE DESTRUCTION PROCESS OF CHEMICALS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN