VIETNAM PROHIBITS ITALIAN MEP AND MP VISIT


Phnom Pen, 22 of december 2008

We publish here below the letter with whom the vietnamese travel agency Vungtau Intourco Hanoi informs about the denial of the permission to enter Vietnam to Marco Pannella and Marco Perduca - italian MEP and MP from the Nonviolent Radical Party, transnational and transparty - both stopped this morning in Phnom Pen airport, Cambodia.
In the same hours, the Government in Hanoi was stating that the entry visa was not denied and that on the day of december 24th meeting are regularly scheduled with the vice-President of the Foreign affairs Committee in the vietnamese National assembly. Pannella and Perduca have constantly been keeping the vietnmese embassy informed, promptly forwarding to them the details of their schedule, travel programe and hotels, directly from the official travel agency of the italian Senate.

"Dear Mr. PANNELLA GIACINTO MARCO and party,
First of all, we Vungtau Intourco Hanoi would like to extend our warmest greetings and best wishes to you and your colleagues.
Further to the request of the Vietnamese Embassy in Roma – Italy regarding to visa application, we have applied the legal pre-approval as entry visa to Vietnam for purpose of tourism (as C1 form) from 18 December 2008 to 18 January 2009 for you and participants with the details information as bellows: Perduca Marco, Mecacci Matteo, Pannella Giacinto Marco.
According to the Vietnamese government Law and rule, when you are issued entry visa for travelling, you must supply your tour program and details schedule. However, until now we could not contact you and vice verse. Under the law, we have had to announce appropriate authorities of Vietnam to refuse your entry visa. Therefore, we would like to inform you above for acknowledging and you will not be permitted to enter/exit Vietnam any more.
Thank you very much for understanding and kind co-operation.
Kindest regards,
Pham Xuan Nhat (Mr.) - Director"