As it was widely predicted, a signal from an International source on the matter of Trieste has arrived in January 2019 (here the article). To ignite the shot is in all probability China, from a reassuring and well-known technical site dedicated to the world’s ports in Singapore, Splash247.com.
It does so with the article “Trieste: Silk Road return or how China called Italy’s bluff?” Written by Andre Wheeler, expert in International business, who after describing the various logistical and financial aspects of Chinese interests along the Silk Road and the usual container counts, on which we are not particularly interested, does also focus on the status of the port of Trieste.
The title is made to capture the attention on the “Italian bluff”. What bluff? Obviously the bluff of Italian sovereignty over Trieste. In the penultimate paragraph of the article, which sounds much more similar to the text of a protest note to the UN Security Council than to an article related to a port and TEU, in fact, Andre Wheeler to the full benefit of the government in Beijing but also of the entire International community , reminds everyone that the city of Trieste along with its International port since 1947 responds primarily to the UN Security Council and secondly to the US and UK governments, who were the last International legal entities to have had a legal administrative mandate on Zone A of the Free Territory of Trieste and on our International port. Not Italy.
The drastic and difficult questionable reaction of Beijing is probably a consequence of the actual total non-application of Annex VIII caused by the inadequate and abusive Italian administrators of the port of Trieste, who continue against every basic rule of common sense and law, to charge any operators coming from all over the world who intends to establish their businesses in the port area. The same unacceptable bureaucratic fees imposed on any other company operating in Italy, within a territory and a port that does not belong to Italy. All this happens after having worldwide advertised “the advantages of the international port of Trieste” but in fact, after having based the Italian Inland Revenue office right inside the International area. This fact is very well known to the author who in fact writes “however the International free port of Trieste does not belong to Italy or the European Union”.
Andre Wheeler emphasizes that the International port of Trieste “is entrusted to the temporary civil administration of the Italian government by the United States and the United Kingdom as primary administration governments on behalf of the UN Security Council. This was established by the UN Security Council Resolution S / RES / 16 (1947) as part of the Treaty of Peace.” But we also know that Resolution 16 determines first and foremost the existence of the Free Territory of Trieste, and only as a consequence the instrument of the free port – Annex VIII in order to preserve its internationality.
After the opinion of Prof. Alfred de Zayas (here the video), maximum former expert of the United Nations on the matter of Trieste, who reminded us here just a few months ago the validity in force of the art. 21 of the Treaty of Peace, which is the definitive loss of Italian sovereignty over the area constituting the TLT with all the possible positive consequences as result of our independence and so the gain of our Rights; Wheeler’s article sounds like a powerful “second warning” to Italy, and to the persistent stupid ignorance of the former Italian political/administrative class present here.