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Marines 'must come home' says Bonino

'Several initiatives up to new government'

18 February, 13:34
Marines 'must come home' says Bonino (ANSA) - Rome, February 18 - Two Italian anti-piracy marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen two years ago must come home, Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said Tuesday after India's supreme court delayed the case for the umpteenth time. "We can't go and get them by military force" but "several initiatives" are open to the incoming government, she said.

The drawn-out affair is "no longer acceptable," Bonino told Italian TV.

She said Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre "cannot be victims of delays and complexities" amid continued uncertainty whether India will press terrorism charges. Italy has already said it will try to resort to international arbitration and Bonino said other options "are up to the new government" of Matteo Renzi, expected to be sworn in at the end of this week.

These may include freezing bilateral accords and pulling soldiers from anti-piracy missions, observers said.