Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italy must 'find a way' to bring marines home, says Bonino

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Rome, May 15 - Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino
vowed on Wednesday that two Italian marines held in India for
allegedly killing two fishermen last year must come home to
Italy.
We must "find the way to bring the two marines home,"
Bonino told the Italian parliament's foreign affairs committee,
adding that she believed "the path of dialogue and firmness can
allow us to find a fair solution".
"We will do no less than assert our convictions on
international law," Bonino said.
She explained that the new investigation into the case
"should last two months, applying not the law of terrorism on
the seas but of the NIA (India's National Investigation Agency),
which thus excludes the death penalty".
Bonino also indicated that she was in contact with the
Indian foreign minister on the matter.
On Tuesday, Italian Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said
the Indian police investigation "will be carried out rapidly and
within the agreed time span".
In response to reports that authorities needed more time,
de Mistura said "there will be no delays and the investigation
will be swift and fair".
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are currently
waiting for a new investigation to be completed by India's NIA
anti-terrorism police into charges of shooting and killing
Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki after allegedly
mistaking them for pirates while guarding a merchant ship off
the Kerala coast in February 2012.
The two countries have been in a diplomatic row and
relations have been tense since the incident.
Italy has contested India's claim that it has jurisdiction
over the case, arguing that the deaths occurred in international
waters.
But Rome agreed to send the pair back to India after home
leave to vote when India said they would not face the death
penalty.
At the height of the spat, when Italy reneged on a pledge
to return the marines, India blocked the Italian ambassador from
leaving the country and the BRICS nations were said to be
considering sanctions.
De Mistura arrived in New Delhi on Monday to meet with
Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid and to follow the
investigation, which is scheduled to take two months.

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