Italy also says stop selling arms to Turkey
In fact, there is already a law prohibiting the transfer of arms to countries at war
Italy also wants to say "stop" to the sale of arms to Turkey following the attacks in Syria against the Kurds (see AVIONEWS).
Following the shutdown by the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Germany and France, Ankara is increasingly isolated. Italy is the third country for arms exports to Turkey after Qatar and Pakistan.
During the reunion of the M5S in Naples last night the Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio announced: "We will ask the European Union, which on Monday (today, NdR) will hold the Foreign Affairs Council, to suspend arms supplies to Turkey. The request will be made jointly with all European countries, a country that does not consider diplomacy and peace as a fundamental value, for us it cannot have weapons from any European country".
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was also present in Naples, adding, "The EU cannot accept Erdogan's threat to flood Europe with those millions of migrants kept inside Turkey thanks to the 6 billion funds paid to Ankara".
The secretary of the PD Nicola Zingaretti joined the chorus declaring: "Everyone will do everything to stop this aggression by mobilizing in the streets and asking the Italian Government to take action as it is doing, at the UN, to international forces, even discussing the export blockade of arms towards Ankara, because it is evident that either there is a strong signal from the countries of the Union or Turkey does not stop".
According to what was declared by "Il Fatto" on the basis of the declarations of "Disarmament Network", in 2018, the export had a volume of 362.3 million Euros. Leonardo, ex-Finmeccanica with AgustaWestland, supplies the T-129 helicopters for a value of about 3 billion euros. Alenia Aermacchi sold the ATR-72/600 Tmua to the Turkish Navy. The Beretta company in Turkey produces the guns through the Stoeger subsidiary.
In reality, Italy should do nothing other than respect the rule which imposes the prohibition on the sale of arms to those that are at war: the law of 9 July 1990, n. 185 of the Italian Republic regulates the arms trade and was approved following some scandals, such as the involvement of a US branch of an Italian bank, the National Labor Bank of Atlanta, in the illegal sale of arms to Iraq of Saddam Hussein, at the time of the first Gulf War.
The law provides that each year the various departments concerned, as far as their respective jurisdiction is concerned, prepare a report to be presented to the Italian Parliament by March 31, for operations relating to the previous year in the matter of import and export of weapons systems to and from for Italy. It also prevents Italian weapons systems from being sold to warring States, which seriously violate human rights and fall within what are termed Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC).
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