Lazio governor calls for 'Italian solution' for Concordia
Calls on government to help keep salvage deal going to Turkey14 October, 16:08
Nicola Zingaretti also said the Italian government should get involved.
"I think the Letta government should move," Zingaretti said, referring to Italian Premier Enrico Letta. "Italy needs to move, otherwise the ship risks ending up in Turkey," Zingaretti went on.
Zingaretti said Lazio was ready to help with an "Italian solution" after Tuscan Governor Enrico Rossi and Palermo Mayor Leoluca Orlando expressed similar sentiments against letting the ship be towed out of Italian territory.
Last month, the massive cruise ship was turned upright in a 19-hour operation carried out by the Italian-US consortium Micoperi and Titan, making to ready it to be floated and dragged away to be broken up for scrap during the warm season next year.
The ship had sat lurching on its side, semi-submerged, since it crashed against a rock formation on the Tuscan island of Giglio on January 13, 2012 in a disaster that took 32 lives. "We are respectful of everyone's prerogatives, and we absolutely do not want to reduce everything to a fight between regions," Zingaretti said.
"But press leaks have confirmed our fears. It is tragically true that today a credible destination for the Costa Concordia appears to be Izmir," complained Zingaretti. "We are ready and willing...to advance an Italian proposal, which attempts...to build an appetizing offer for those who, in the end - the businessmen - have to take a decision," Zingaretti said.