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Italy more and more determined to bring marines home

Special envoy says country owes thanks to anti-piracy duo

20 March, 16:25
Italy more and more determined to bring marines home (ANSA) - Caserta, March 20 - Staffan De Mistura says the two Italian anti-piracy marines held in India after the shooting deaths of two fishermen two years ago are fine and Italy is determined to bring them home.

Speaking from India via telephone to a conference in Sant'Angelo in Formis in Caserta province, De Mistura said Italians owe a thank you to Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who have been held in India without charges since the February 2012 incident.

"The marines are fine and Italy is more and more determined to bring them home," said De Mistura.

Meanwhile, they are continuing to work at the Italian Embassy in New Delhi as they wait for the next move by the Indian government in the case.

"Our military...are proud to always honor their homeland," said De Mistura.

"We must thank them as they continue to do their duty".

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