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Translation from Italian – December 13, 2006

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Rao (MPA), Save Project Ri.MED

“It would be very grave for the government to assume responsibility for Sicily and Italy losing the possibility of hosting an avant-garde research center in the field of biotechnology like Ri.MED”, stated Pietro Rao, the deputy of the “Movement for Autonomy” who, together with otherautonomy colleagues, conducted a battle in favor of the project.

“If, as announced in the interview given by Jeffrey Romoff to the Sole 24 Ore, the biotech center is realized in Ireland instead of Sicily”, he added, “this would constitute a very serious loss, not only for the island, but also for the territory of the province of Palermo, for which the damage would be of remarkable significance. It would also be a serious loss for Italy, it would have to give up a center of research of significant importance, capable of attracting international business and giving space to our young researchers.”

“I trust”, he added, “in the bill that asks the government to approve the center, presented by the MPA in the Chamber of Deputies and positively received; I hope this translates as an item in the financial bill that will be approved in the Senate”. “It would be scandalous”, he concluded, “that this project, for which our country has already spent much energy, would be realized somewhere else, in Ireland or other countries which, like Spain, enjoy more capable leaders.”


Original Italian text



(ANSA) - PALERMO, 13 DIC - "Sarebbe gravissimo che il


Governo si assumesse la responsabilità di far perdere alla


Sicilia e all'Italia la possibilità di ospitare un centro di


ricerca all'avanguardia nel campo delle biotecnologie, come è


il Ri.Med". Lo dichiara Pietro Rao, deputato del Movimento per


l'Autonomia che, insieme agli altri colleghi autonomisti, ha


condotto una battaglia a favore del progetto.


"Se, come annunciato nell'intervista rilasciata al 'Sole 24


Ore' da Jeffrey Romoff, dell'università di Pittsburg, il centro


biotech venisse realizzato in Irlanda piuttosto che in Sicilia -


aggiunge - questo costituirebbe una gravissima perdita, non solo


per l'Isola, ma anche per il territorio della provincia di


Palermo, per cui l'indotto sarebbe di notevole rilevanza.


Sarebbe una perdita gravissima anche per l'Italia, che dovrebbe


rinunciare a un centro di studi di primaria importanza, capace


di attrarre interessi internazionali e di dare spazio ai nostri


giovani ricercatori".


"Confido - aggiunge - nell'ordine del giorno che impegna il


Governo a realizzare il centro, presentato dal MpA in sede di


voto di fiducia alla Camera e accolto positivamente; spero che


si traduca in un dato di fatto nel testo della finanziaria che


sarà varato al Senato".


"Sarebbe scandaloso - conclude - che questo progetto, su cui


si sono spese fino a oggi tante energie nel nostro Paese,


potesse trovare realizzazione altrove, in Irlanda o in altri


Paesi che, come la Spagna, godono di esecutivi più capaci".

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