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Updated: March 14, 2013 12:33 IST

Marines issue: Khurshid meets Manmohan

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Amidst the major diplomatic row between New Delhi and Rome over the Italian marines issue, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence in New Delhi today. File photo: Shankar Chakravarty
The Hindu Amidst the major diplomatic row between New Delhi and Rome over the Italian marines issue, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence in New Delhi today. File photo: Shankar Chakravarty

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh amid growing speculation over India’s next move on the issue of two Italian marines who have refused to come back to face trial on charges of homicide.

Mr. Khurshid met the Prime Minister at his residence here.

The Prime Minister had on Wednesday warned Italy of “consequences” for bilateral ties if it did not send back two marines facing trial in the country in the killing of two Indian fishermen.

In a strongly-worded statement in both Houses of Parliament, where government came under attack on the issue, Dr. Singh had accused Italy of “violating every rule of diplomatic discourse” and termed as “unacceptable”, its decision not to send back the accused marines Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone.

The two marines were permitted by the Supreme Court on February 22 to go to Italy for four weeks to cast their votes in general elections following a written assurance by Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini that they will return by March 22. There are also demands that the Ambassador be expelled from the country.

The two marines are charged with homicide for killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast in February last year in an anti-piracy operation.

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barking dogs seldom bite. govt. like our legal system delaying the
action and in the process extending their holidays. govt. should not
waste its valuable time that also of PM in this stupid things, PM
should simply throw out our foreign minister,because if some one who
can't handle this matter then how can he handle more complicated
issues.

secondly this type of issues are weakening the image of india in world
and also stand for permanent seat in UN security council.
now it is interesting to see what action the govt. and SC will take
for not obliging, even if they return.

from:  anuapm swain
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 13:01 IST

While taking any extreme action against Italy, India should consider
all aspects including how other European countries are going to
respond to such an action. Italy is a member of European Union and all
members of the Union have the responsibility to come to the rescue if
any member is in trouble. Probably that is what has made Italy so bold
to show disrespect to Indian nation and its judiciary. India should
immediately appraise the other members of the European Union of the
seriousness of the matter and prevail upon them to force Italy to
comply with the orders of Indian Supreme Court.

from:  K V Ravindran
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 12:18 IST

Why did not the offer to cast their vote here in Delhi's Italian Hign Commission occurr.Its safe,cheap and could have the desired outcome after the two marines have their day in court.OR.was this the way out to 'help' the marines to leave on a point of no return,knowingly than and crying wolf now.

from:  APPAVOO S
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 11:19 IST
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