EU wants 'solution respectful of laws' for Italian marines
Ashton says Commission dedicated to fight against piracy12 March, 16:32
The Italian government announced Monday that marines Salvatore Latorre and Massimiliano Girone would remain in Italy and not return to India after being allowed to come home to vote in February's general election.
The marines have been at the centre of a diplomatic row between Italy and India for shooting Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh Binki during an international anti-piracy mission off the southern Kerala coast in February 2012.
A statement by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, said on Tuesday that the EU "is strongly committed to the fight against piracy at the global level.
Last month, India's Supreme Court granted a request from the two marines to return to Italy for four weeks so they could vote in general elections.
Latorre and Girone were also allowed to return home for the Christmas holidays and went back to India after their leave ended.
Italy had pledged to do so in this case as well but the foreign ministry announced that the two would not be returning to India on March 23 as scheduled.
The government said in a statement Monday that "the conduct of Indian authorities violated international rights" by detaining them since last February.
For one year the Italian government has been working to get the trial moved to Italian courts since the events took place aboard an Italian ship in international waters.
The EU Commission "takes note of the statement by the Italian Foreign Minister Terzi", said the Commission.