Egyptian authorities threaten return of Clemenceau to France

Press release - 12 January, 2006
While Greenpeace continues to occupy the decommissioned French aircraft carrier, Clemenceau, the Egyptian Government has made it clear that unless the ship complies with strict international regulations regarding on board toxic material it will be refused entry to its territorial waters and the Suez Canal. The documentation is demanded under the Basel Convention, the international treaty preventing the trade in hazardous materials.

Greenpeace activists board the carrier ship Clemenceau 50 nautical miles off the coast of Egypt hanging a banner that reads 'Asbestos carrier stay out of India' .Greenpeace is protesting against the decommission of the Clemenceau, which has been sent to India for decommissioning despite widespread outrage at the high levels of asbestos and other hazardous materials it contains.




If Egypt does not receive all the required documentation, the convoy will be considered illegal, and ordered to return to a French port.


Greenpeace welcomes the firm step taken by the Government of Egypt, to uphold the Basel Convention in letter and in spirit. In today’s globalised world it is vital that nations co-operate to uphold global justice and not shamelessly pass on their responsibility to those in vulnerable areas of the planet. Egypt has done the right thing, which France seemed unwilling to do.






Other contacts: Ramapati Kumar, Greenpeace India Toxics Campaigner, +91 98 455 35 414Vinuta Gopal, Greenpeace Toxics Campaigner +91 9845535418Martin Besieux in Egypt, Greenpeace international toxics campaigner + 32 496161585Mhairi Dunlop, Greenpeace International Communications, +44 7801 212 960Vivek Sharma, Greenpeace India Communications, +91 934 378 8424

Exp. contact date: 2006-01-26 00:00:00