The governor of the Italian region of Sardinia warned Prime Minister "Enrico Letta" today that he would fight against allowing the transfer of Syrian chemical weapons arsenal on the island.
Italy agreed last month to allow the use of a port on its territory for the handover of the deadly toxins that can be used to make sarin, VX gas and other lethal agents. The government has not yet said which port will be used.
Italian media reports had suggested the Sardinian ports of Arbatax or Oristano as possible destinations. Other mooted possibilities include the Sicilian port of Augusta or Brindisi in the southern region of Puglia.
Chemicals will be transfer of aboard a Danish vessel to a specially adapted U.S. ship, where they will be destroyed at sea.
Regional governor "Ugo Cappellacci" told Letta, according to a statement that "the regional government is warning the prime minister not to allow the transit of Syrian chemical weapons in our ports or on the island's territory", warning "If the government chooses the island for the chemical transfer, we would take political and judicial action to fight it".