Italian Marines Crisis: PM sternly warns Italy of Consequences

Taking a stern action over Italy not to honour Supreme Court order in the Indian fishermen killing case, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned to be of consequences if doesn’t send its marines back to India to stand trial.

In amid report of Italy’s envoy expelling, Mr. Singh’s recent statement hit diplomatic row as he said, “If they do not keep their word there will be consequences for our relations with Italy,” source said.

Indications are more over Italian envoy Daniele Mancini, who is likely not to given diplomatic immunity, may expelled soon since he gave an undertaking that the marines would be back in Delhi by March 24.

In a strong word, Mr. Singh accused Italy of violating norms, calling its decision ‘unacceptable’ and suggested to “respect the undertakings they have given”. A deadline has been set by India, asked Italy to send back duo within four week.

Despite it, Italy tried to set up a meeting of diplomats with India to reach “an amicable solution”, while Indian govt refused to do so as much disappointed from Rome’s decision failing to return accused Italian marines.

All eyes are now on UPA, what action it will take over Italy marines. Massimilian Latorre and Salvatore Girone, are two marines accused of shooting the fishermen dead in the Kochi coast in February 2012, claimed to mistook for pirates. Indian Supreme Court allowed them to go home to vote in Italian elections and to return within four weeks.


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