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Terzi says his conscience told him to step down over marines

Ex-foreign minister explains his resignation on Facebook

27 March, 20:14
Terzi says his conscience told him to step down over marines (ANSA) - Rome, March 27 - Former foreign minister Giulio Terzi said he resigned in parliament because his conscience could not support the government's decision to return two marines to India to face homicide charges.

In a post on his Facebook page late Wednesday, Terzi added that he resigned publicly in parliament due to his commitment to democracy. Parliament, as the ultimate seat of democracy, would be the correct place to resign, he explained.

The decision, he added, was not driven by any "personal" initiative, Terzi said.

"I did what I believed in, answering only to my conscience".

Earlier in the day, outgoing Premier Mario Monti faced questions in both houses of parliament about the Terzi's resignation and the decision to send the two marines back to India.

Terzi has said that he stepped down because he did not agree with the Monti government's decision to return the pair to India where they stand accused of killing two fishermen while on anti-piracy duty a year ago.