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We risked getting isolated internationally, says Italy PM

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Outlining the reasons for sending back to India the two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast, the outgoing Prime Minister, Mario Monti, said Rome faced a serious risk of being isolated internationally and could have opened a crisis of “serious proportions” with New Delhi.
AP Outlining the reasons for sending back to India the two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast, the outgoing Prime Minister, Mario Monti, said Rome faced a serious risk of being isolated internationally and could have opened a crisis of “serious proportions” with New Delhi.

But economic interests didn’t influence decision to send back marines, Premier tells Parliament

Outlining the reasons for sending back to India the two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast, the outgoing Prime Minister, Mario Monti, said Rome faced a serious risk of being isolated internationally and could have opened a crisis of “serious proportions” with New Delhi.

As for the abrupt resignation of his Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, Mr. Monti said he quit with motives not limited to the marines issue.

The Premier, who himself was sworn in as interim Foreign Minister to replace Mr. Terzi, said Italy, in its diplomatic row with India, risked ruining relations with key trade allies in the developing world but denied that economics was a factor in the decision-making process.

Mr. Monti said he was “stunned” by Mr. Terzi’s decision, adding his former chief diplomat gave no warning of his quitting, and that his real aim was “to achieve another end that may become clearer in the near future,” Italian news agency INSA reported .

On Tuesday, Mr. Terzi resigned claiming that his voice went “unheard” as the caretaker Cabinet decided to send back Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone to India, 10 days after Italy reneged on a pledge to return the marines, who had been granted a four-week leave.

Mr. Monti, addressing Parliament on Wednesday night, stressed the diplomatic stakes. “There were serious and objective risks that Italy would find itself isolated in the international community,” if it had failed to ensure that the duo returned to India. “It would have opened a crisis of serious proportions with India“.

Since the marines returned, relations had improved between the two countries and that should lead to “a quick solution.”

Insisting that economic interests did not influence the decision, Mr. Monti said, “Let me reject forcefully any speculation about possible exchanges or agreements with India.” Some media outlets have linked the marines’ case to bribery allegations surrounding the Rs. 3,600-crore VVIP helicopter deal that is being probed by the CBI.

Speaking before the Senate, Mr. Monti said Italy had faced “measures” from India and fellow BRICS countries as a consequence of its choosing not to return the marines to face trial. “We had word from Foreign Undersecretary Staffan de Mistura that the possibility of measures being taken against Italy was being considered.”

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It is true that Italy would have been isolated in the International arena,not just by ruining relations with trade allies alone.Italy would stand exposed as a country which cannot
be trusted to keep its word and is quite capable of reneging on deals when it suits them.A written guaranty by an ambassador would have been not even worth the paper it was typed on.Italy's face would have stood blackened forever.among the International Comity of Nations.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Mar 29, 2013 at 03:23 IST

Much has been said against Italy and the marines. No doubt that the action of the marines caused unfortunate daeth of two innocent fisherman. But, did they do it with the sole purpose of killing them? Answer, in all probability, will be no. Did they ac in self defense? Answer, most likely, will again be no. The fishermen were not armed. Why did they shoot then? We do not know yet. It is now incumbent upon the nation to give them a fair and speedy trial and provide justice to them rather than go by the book.

from:  Krishna
Posted on: Mar 29, 2013 at 01:36 IST

What 'measure' did Italy face..?

from:  Abhishek
Posted on: Mar 29, 2013 at 00:40 IST

If India is able to twist the Italy why the hell they are not helping
Tamilians an soft towards Sri Lanka?

from:  Arasappan
Posted on: Mar 29, 2013 at 00:07 IST

A speedy, open and and fair trial is of utmost importance to redeem the damaged relations between both the nations. I have great confidence that our judicial system will rise to the challenge. If it is any consolation for the Italians, they are allowed to serve any jail time - if so sentenced - in Italy. Once they go back, both Nations will be eager go forward and let bygones be bygones.

from:  Mukundagiri Sadagopan
Posted on: Mar 28, 2013 at 23:24 IST
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