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EU aviation ban a national shame

Posted by akosistella on April 5, 2010


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DEMAND AND SUPPLY
By Boo Chanco

The official reaction of Alfonso Cusi, the CAAP top honcho to last week’s EU ban on Philippine aircraft flying to any EU country is pathetic. Cusi missed the point. Cusi minimized the ban by saying that we don’t fly to the EU anyway… so no harm done. The last commercial flight of PAL to Europe was in 1999.

Mr Cusi should realize that the EU ban is a national embarrassment. It puts us in the same category as Sudan, a near-failed state in Africa and unbelievably, we are even below Angola. I get the impression that every time some group rates our country internationally on any matter, we end up with the group of failed states in Africa.

We all know we are better than Sudan or probably, we are deluding ourselves that we are better than Sudan. Incidentally, Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, has an international warrant for war crimes. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has accused al-Bashir of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. An arrest warrant for al-Bashir has been issued on March 4, 2009 for war crimes and crimes against humanity. I am hopeful Ate Glue does not want to be mentioned in the same breath with Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir. But this EU aviation ban does that somehow.

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