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Foreign Minister activates crisis cell following French Alps crash

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, has disposed, on Tuesday, following the aircrash that took place in France, the activation of a Ministry of Foreign Affairs crisis cell, through which the activity of all Romanian diplomatic missions involved in obtaining information is coordinated, a release remitted to Agerpres informs.

“The Romanian General Consul in Barcelona has requested the support of the sub-delegate of the Spanish Government and of the Director of the Barcelona Airport in order to verify information regarding the existence of a Romanian citizen aboard the plane that crashed and to obtain the passenger list. Furthermore, a mobile consular team of the Barcelona Consulate has traveled to the airport for the purpose of obtaining concrete information regarding the citizenship of the victims, with emergency meetings with Spanish officials to follow”, adds MAE in the quoted release.

According to the release, in parallel with the steps taken in Barcelona, the Romanian Embassy in Berlin has requested the support of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Germanwings company to obtain the passenger list.

Furthermore, the Romanian Embassy in Paris has initiated a similar demarche with the French Foreign ministry, and at the level of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of France an interministerial crisis cell was created to manage the accident.

An Airbus A320 passenger aircraft of German Wings, the budget flight operator owned by Lufthansa, carrying 148 passengers and six crew members from Barcelona (Spain) to Dusseldorf (Germany) crashed on Tuesday in the French Alps, according to the AFP news agency.

Fragment of the aircraft were found close to Barcelonnette, according to the French Interior Ministry.

The aircraft crashed near the French town of Digne-les-Bains, the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Department.

“We have requested the activation of an interministerial crisis cell”, said the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, confirming the accident. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazaneuve has departed urgently towards the crash site.

“There are no survivors,” French President Francois Hollande is quoted as saying.

 

Aurescu sends condolences to the families of victims

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu has sent, on Tuesday, his condolences to the families of passengers aboard the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps.

“It is a great loss and tragedy”, said Aurescu, in a tweet.

 

PM Ponta: I am shocked by news of accident in France

 

Prime Minister Victor Ponta stated, on Tuesday, that he is shocked by the news of the air crash in France and declared that his thoughts go towards the families and close ones of the victims of the crash.

“Shocked by the terrible news of the Germanwings accident in France. My thoughts are with the families and close ones of the victims”, said Ponta on Twitter in French, Spanish and German.

 

 

 

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