Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris has announced that he is supporting the organization ResQ Onlus in its plan to launch a migrant-rescue ship in the central Mediterranean.
Luigi de Magistris announced his support on Tuesday.
"We have welcomed ResQ to our city," he said. "As an administration we intend to give our full support to the ResQ's pledge to run a vessel with the objective of rescuing shipwrecked migrants in the central Mediterranean. We believe it is important and essential to involve the population, many types of associations and civil society. As a coastal city that has promoted hospitality we will promote the project."
He said that once ResQ launched their ship, Naples would be their "point of reference and base of support."
Naples located on the coast
Naples is Italy's third largest city. It is located on the coast in the east of the country. Mayor De Magistris is the founder of the left-leaning party Democracy and Autonomy, which is mostly active in the Naples region.
How did the cooperation between Naples and ResQ come about? At a meeting between the mayor and a delegation of 'ResQ - People Saving People', led by honorary president Gherardo Colombo and president Luciano Scalettari, which had been initiated through the Naples Human Rights Film Festival.