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NEW DELHI: Even as India is insisting that its legal process has to be followed scrupulously on the arrest of two Italian marines for allegedly murdering two Indian fishermen, Italy wants a po

Published: 22nd February 2012 01:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:01 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Even as India is insisting that its legal process has to be followed scrupulously on the arrest of two Italian marines for allegedly murdering two Indian fishermen, Italy wants a political resolution to the issue, as it rushes a top diplomat to Delhi.

The Italian foreign ministry announced that Under Secretary Staffan De Mistura will be arriving for the talks, just a few days after a high-level Italian delegation was in town on Sunday.

De Mistura, who in his previous incarnation was UN’s top envoy in Afghanistan, will be arriving on Wednesday, in a bid to negotiate with India to secure the release of the two marines.

An Italian foreign ministry statement said that De Mistura will “continue on a political level the action so far carried out by a delegation of experts from the Italian foreign, defence and justice ministries”.

Italy also claimed that the Indian police had taken “coercive” and “unilateral” action in taking the marines into custody and removing them from their ship.

Italian foreign minister, Giulio Terzi, will also be arriving on February 28 on a visit, which officials said had been confirmed before the shooting incident.



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