The Greek government condemned on Monday the bombing of a Greek-owned tanker at the Libyan port of Derna that left two sailors, a Greek and a Romanian, dead.
“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,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement a day after the bombing by an unidentified fighter jet.
“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.”
The Araevo, owned by Athens-based Aegean Shipping Management, was carrying 12,600 tons of crude oil and had 26 crew members on board. Two other crew members were injured.
“According to information from the company that owns the Araevo, the vessel was under lease to Libya’s state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) and for a number of years traveled between the Libyan ports of Marsa al-Brega and Derna without any problems,” the ministry added.