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No exacerbated relations with India over marines, Mauro says


Rimini, August 21 - Relations with India must not
be exacerbated as Indian authorities are working hard to find a
"just and quick" solution to the case of two Italian marines who
face murder charges over the deaths of two fishermen, Italian
Defence Minister Mario Mauro said on Wednesday.
Indian media on Tuesday and Wednesday reported that Italy's
refusal to send to India four Italian soldiers, who were
witnesses to the incident, for questioning in the case of
marines Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre could delay
the conclusion of the probe.
"There is no refusal (by Italy)," Mauro said on Wednesday,
"but simply the fact that Indian laws enable witnesses to
testify in a variety of ways," including video conference and
the possibility of Indian investigators to travel to Italy.
Earlier this month Italy's envoy on the case Staffan de
Mistura told Indian authorities during a visit to New Delhi that
the four sailors who witnessed the shooting in February 2012
would not be available to travel to India for interviews - a
contentious issue between Italy and India as police wanted to
interview all witnesses.
Latorre and Girone are accused by Indian authorities of the
double homicides of Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki
after allegedly mistaking them for pirates while guarding a
merchant ship off the coast of the southern Kerala region.
On Tuesday, Indian state news agency Pti said Italy's
refusal to send over the four marines - Renato Voglino, Massimo
Andronico, Antonio Fontana and Alessandro Conte - could delay
the conclusion of the investigation.
New Delhi newspaper The Asian Age on Wednesday quoted
Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid as saying he was
confident India's legal system would find a solution to the
issue and that there had been "no refusal" from Italy to
Staffan de Mistura said on his return from meetings with
Indian officials earlier this month that the marines' trial
could begin by early September and if it ends "relatively
quickly" the marines could return home for Christmas.

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