(Roma) 03 Sebt 2023 – Former two-time Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato has claimed in a new interview that the “Ustica massacre” incident back in 1980 was caused by a botched French and US attempt to shoot down a plane which they believed was carrying Libya’s late leader.
The exact cause of the deadly incident with the Itavia flight 870 from Bologna to Sicily on June 27, 1980, is still a mystery and the perpetrators remain unidentified. The McDonnell Douglas DC-9 crashed between the islands of Ponza and Ustica, killing all 81 people on board.
Ra’iisul Wasaarihii hore ee Talyaaniga Giuliano Amato ayaa wareysi cusub ku sheegay in dhacdadii “Xasuuqii Ustica” ee dhacday 1980-kii ay ka dambeysay isku daygii Faransiiska iyo Mareykanka ee fashilmay ee ay ku doonayeen inay ku soo ridaan diyaarad ay rumeysan yihiin inay sidday hoggaamiyihii geeriyooday ee Liibiya.
Sababta saxda ah ee shilka dilaaga ah ee ka dhashay duulimaadkii Itavia 870 ee ka soo duushay Bologna kuna socotay Sicily bishii Juun 27, 1980, wali waa qarsoodi oo dembiilayaasha weli lama aqoonsan. Diyaarada oo nooceedu ahaa McDonnell Douglas DC-9 ayaa ku burburtay inta u dhaxaysa jasiiradaha Ponza iyo Ustica, waxaana ku dhintay 81 qof oo saarnaa.
Qaar waxay ku eedeeyeen qarax argagixisanimo, laakiin dadka dhaleeceeya waxay farta ku fiiqayaan la’aanta caddaynta hadhaaga walxaha qarxa ee burburka la helay. Aragti kale ayaa sheeganeysa in diyaaradda si lama filaan ah loo soo riday, intii lagu guda jiray dagaalka Ey ee u dhexeeya Liibiya, Faransiiska iyo Mareykanka iyo diyaaradaha dagaalka intii lagu jiray isku dayga dil ee NATO ee “muhiim” siyaasi Liibiyaan ah.
“Nooca ugu kalsoonida badan waa mas’uuliyadda ciidamada cirka Faransiiska, iyada oo la kaashanaysa Mareykanka iyo ka qaybqaatay dagaal cirka ka dhacay fiidnimadii Juun 27,” Amato ayaa ku sheegtay wareysi qarxa oo uu siiyay La Repubblica oo la daabacay Sabtidii.
Some alleged a terrorist bombing, but critics point at the lack of evidence of explosive residue in the recovered debris. Another theory claims the jet was downed accidentally, during an alleged dogfight between Libyan, French and US and fighter jets during a NATO assassination attempt on an “important” Libyan politician.
“The most credible version is that of responsibility of the French air force, in complicity with the Americans and who participated in a war in the skies that evening of June 27,” Amato claimed in an explosive interview with la Repubblica published on Saturday.
“A plan had been launched to hit the plane on which Gaddafi was flying,” Amato claimed, insisting that NATO sought to “simulate an exercise, with many planes in action, during which a missile was supposed to be fired.”
Gaddafi was allegedly supposed to return from a meeting in Yugoslavia aboard a military plane through the same airspace, but according to Amato, Italy had warned him and the Libyan leader changed his plans. NATO officials denied any military activity in the area on the night of the tragedy.
“Waxaa la bilaabay qorshe lagu garaacayo diyaaradii uu ku duulayay Qadaafi,” Amato ayaa sheegay, isagoo ku adkaystay in NATO ay doonaysay “inay sameeyso jimicsi, diyaarado badana ay shaqaynayaan, kaas oo ay ahayd in gantaal la rido.”
Qadaafi ayaa la sheegay in lagu waday in uu ka soo laabto shir ka dhacay dalka Yugoslavia isaga oo raacay diyaarad milatari oo soo maraysay isla hawada sare, balse sida uu sheegay Amato, Talyaanigu waa uu u digay, hogaamiyaha Liibiyana waxa uu bedelay qorshihiisa. Saraakiisha NATO ayaa beeniyey in wax dhaqdhaqaaq ciidan ah ay ka sameeyeen aagga habeenkii masiibadadu dhacday.
Qasriga Elysee wuxuu diiday inuu ka hadlo hadalada Amato Sabtidii. Raiisel wasaaraha Talyaaniga Giorgia Meloni ayaa sheegay in sheegashadii ka horeysay “ay mudan yihiin in fiiro gaar ah loo yeesho” laakiin wuxuu ku booriyay inuu la wadaago caddaynta haddii uu wax hayo.
The Elysee Palace refused to comment on Amato’s remarks on Saturday. Italy’s current PM Giorgia Meloni said predecessor’s claims “deserve attention” but urged him to share evidence if he has any.