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Monti 'open' to appear before House over marines row

More questions raised as foreign minister resigns

Monti 'open' to appear before House over marines row

Rome, March 26 - Senate Speaker Laura Boldrini said outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti was open to appear before the House on Wednesday following the resignation Tuesday of the foreign minister amid criticism of the government's handling of two Italian marines being tried in India for homicide. More questions were raised Tuesday when outgoing Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi voiced disagreement with the administration in his resignation speech before parliament. "My reservations had no impact. My voice went unheard," he said, arguing that the government went against his wishes when it sent Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone back to India on Friday to face trial for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen, mistaking them for pirates. Rome had said they would not return after being allowed to come home to vote in last month's general election, angering India and sparking a two-week diplomatic tug-of-war. "We hope that Monti is absolutely clear because our international credibility is at stake," said Angelino Alfano, secretary of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, which has long been critical of the premier's handling of the situation. "We appreciate the courageous and dignified act on the part of the foreign minister".

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