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Bonino has 'guaranteed' continuity in marines case

Renzi considering 'new initiatives' for Italians in India

19 February, 18:40
Bonino has 'guaranteed' continuity in marines case (ANSA) - Rome, February 19 - Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has "guaranteed" the spouses of two Italian marines held in India that the new government of Premier-designate Matteo Renzi will make their case a high priority, the two women said Wednesday.

Vania Ardito, wife of Salvatore Girone, and Paola Moschetti, partner of Massimiliano Latorre, spoke after meetings with government officials.

At the same time, the chairman of the Senate defence committee Nicola Latorre said Renzi is considering "new initiatives" in the case.

Bonino "has secured the commitment of the new government for the release Salvatore and Massimiliano," Ardito told a news conference.

She also called on the Italian ambassador to refuse to return to India until the two marines have been released.

Moschetti added that the women pressed officials to ensure there is "continuity" between the former government of Enrico Letta and the incoming administration in handling the case. Earlier, Bonino said that she is also urging the president of the European Parliament to intervene in the case, to increase pressure on the government in New Dehli.

"I wrote to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, urging his intervention in the case," Bonino said.

Bonino said that it was "important to involve colleagues from other countries," such as Schulz in pressing India to move rapidly on the case.

The marines are accused of killing fishermen Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki after allegedly mistaking them for pirates and opening fire on their fishing trawler while guarding the privately owned Italian-flagged oil-tanker MT Enrica Lexie off the coast of Kerala on February 15, 2012.