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Marines envoy to return to India next week


New Delhi, July 5 - The Italian government's
special envoy to India, Staffan de Mistura, will fly back to the
Asian country next week to continue talks about two Italian
marines charged with murdering two Indian fishermen after
allegedly mistaking them for pirates 18 months ago.
The decision to send back de Mistura in a bid to hasten the
drawn-out case was taken at an hour-long cabinet meeting Friday.
De Mistura last met India's Foreign Minister Salman
Khurshid in New Delhi on June 10.
After the talks, an Indian government spokesman said the
"unprecedented" nature of the case has made it slow to resolve,
"We are working together as friendly countries to seek...a
solution acceptable to both," Spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said.
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are on trial for
shooting and killing fishermen Valentine (aka Gelastine) and
Ajesh Binki while guarding a merchant ship off the coast of the
southern Italian region of Kerala in February 2012.
The pair are currently waiting for a new investigation to
be completed by India's NIA anti-terrorism police.
The two countries suffered a diplomatic row and relations
have been tense since the shooting.
Italy has contested India's claim that it has jurisdiction
over the case, arguing that the deaths occurred in international

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