Indian airports told to stop ambassador as marines row rises
Diplomats union says India violating Vienna convention15 March, 18:16
After first issuing a "no comment," later on Friday EU said it hoped for a "common solution" to the dispute between India and Italy. "The EU is taking note of the disputes between India and Italy and continues to hope that a common solution can be reached through negotiation," said a spokesperson for Catherine Ashton, EU foreign affairs representative.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also called for a "peaceful resolution and respect for international law" on Friday.
The Italian foreign ministry advised Italians in India to show "prudence" amid probable street protests against Italy's refusal to send back the two anti-piracy marines. An advisory on the 'viaggiaresicuri' (travel safe) Website said Italians in India or planning a trip there should try to keep away from any protests, especially in the southern state of Kerala where the fishermen came from.
The marines, Massimilano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who had been held in India since February 2012, were allowed to return to Italy for one month for national elections held February 24-25. Latorre and Girone, who are charged with homicide for allegedly shooting the fishermen while on an anti-piracy mission, were supposed to return to India later this month. The Italian government has always denied that India has jurisdiction over the matter, as the incident took place in international waters off the country's coast. Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi on Thursday said Italy's decision to not return the pair was legitimate and Italy had a strong case which it wanted to put to independent arbitration. "We have a very solid position, of which we are perfectly convinced, (as are) many important partners in the international community, (based on) the fact that we are acting in full respect of international law," Terzi said.