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Attack on Greek-owned tanker off the coast of Libya

Monday, 05 January 2015

Greece condemns in the strongest manner the unprovoked and cowardly air attack carried out on the Greek-owned tanker “Araevo” at 13:30 on 4 January 2015, as it lay at anchor 2 miles from the port of Derna (eastern Libya).

According to information from the company that owns the Araevo, the vessel was under lease to Libya’s state-owned “National Oil Corportation” (NOC) and for a number of years traveled between the Libyan ports of Marsa al-Brega and Derna without any problems.

This criminal act resulted in the deaths of two crew members – one Greek and one Romanian – and left two other crew members injured.

The competent Greek authorities, in coordination with the company that owns the ship, are doing everything humanly possible to facilitate the immediate repatriation of the Greek seaman’s remains.

The Greek government will proceed to all of the necessary representations to the Libyan authorities – in spite of the volatility of the prevailing situation – to make possible the clarification of the conditions under which the tragic incident occurred, the identification and punishment of the perpetrators of the attack, and the payment of compensation to the families of the victims.

To this end, the Greek government is already in contact with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Libya, Bernadino Leon, and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.