Greenpeace ship wins battle to dock in Valencia

8th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 November 2007, Madrid - The Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise' has finally received permission to dock in the port of Valencia after weeks of denials from regional authorities, a spokesperson for the environmental group said Wednesday.

8 November 2007

Madrid - The Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise' has finally received permission to dock in the port of Valencia after weeks of denials from regional authorities, a spokesperson for the environmental group said Wednesday.

The ship is meant to draw attention to the Intergovernmental Climate Change Panel summit due to take place in the coastal city between November 12 and 17.

The permission was the result of long negotiations between Greenpeace and Valencian authorities, who finally told the non-profit organization that the ship may dock inside the port.

"Our petition had been denied with all sorts of justifications, such as lack of space or the fact that ours is not a commercial boat," said a spokesperson for Greenpeace, noting that nowhere else in Spain or the world have they faced such difficulties in order to dock as in Valencia.

The group contends that their ships have been "barred" from Valencia ever since 2003, when the 'Rainbow Warrior' was detained in port for a month after protesting the unloading of illegal tropical wood from Africa.

The 'Arctic Sunrise' is the flagship of Greenpeace's world campaign to raise awareness about global climate change.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news


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