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Ban-ki Moon hopes for 'harmonious resolution' in marines row

Italian anti-piracy guards on trial in India for homicide

Ban-ki Moon hopes for 'harmonious resolution' in marines row

Rome, April 9 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon said in Rome Tuesday that he hoped for a "harmonious and judicious" resolution "with dialogue" to Italy's row with India over two Italian marines on trial in New Delhi for alleged homicide. Ban said he discussed the "regrettable situation that involves two UN nations with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano this morning" and was due to discuss it again later Tuesday with outgoing Premier and interim Foreign Minister Mario Monti. Last month Monti stepped in to fill the shoes of Giulio Terzi who stepped down as foreign minister over the diplomatic tug-of-war with India. Italian anti-pirate marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are in India on charges of shooting and killing fishermen Jelestine "Valentine" and Ajesh Binki after allegedly mistaking them for pirates while guarding a mercantile ship off the Kerala coast in February 2012. After a drawn-out diplomatic row, Italy agreed to hand the men over to Indian authorities last month despite contesting India's right to jurisdiction, given the incident took place in international waters. Italy has repeatedly said it welcomes independent third-party arbitration.

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