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Deputy FM pursuing 'rapid solution' to Italy marines case

India also wants 'honorable' end to diplomatic row

Deputy FM pursuing 'rapid solution' to Italy marines case

New Delhi, April 5 - Deputy Italian Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura said Friday his meeting earlier in the day with the Indian foreign minister had served to facilitate "an exchange of positions on how to speed up an honourable and rapid solution" to the case of two Italian marines on trial in India on homicide charges. The meeting took place before Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid spoke to Mario Monti, Italy's outgoing premier and interim foreign minister, about the matter, de Mistura added. Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, accused of shooting two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission in February 2012, have been at the centre of a diplomatic row between the two countries over jurisdiction in the case. Italy says they should not be tried in India as the shooting took place in international waters. Tensions escalated last month after Rome said it would not return the servicemen for trial on the expiry of a four-week parole to vote in recent general elections before eventually climbing down over the decision. The row prompted Giulio Terzi to resign as Italian foreign minister.

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