Not a scapegoat in marines row,says former Italy minister

Giulio Terzi,who quit as Italian foreign minister over Rome’s decision to send two marines back to India to face trial for killing Indian fishermen

Written by Press Trust Of India | Rome | Published: April 1, 2013 12:38 am

Giulio Terzi,who quit as Italian foreign minister over Rome’s decision to send two marines back to India to face trial for killing Indian fishermen,said he did not “feel like a scapegoat” over his surprise move to resign to oppose his government’s U-turn on the issue.

Terzi resigned on March 26 after marines — Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone — were sent back to India on March 22 to be tried for killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast February last year,in a flip-flop after Rome had said they would not return after being allowed to come home to vote.

Referring to his resignation,Terzi denied “feeling like a scapegoat” over his move,ANSA news agency reported. “By resigning,I wanted to show a sign of confidence,motivation,strength and pride in my colleagues at the foreign ministry,who work in difficult conditions,” Terzi said,adding that the top brass of the ministry had called on him to quit in a show of opposition to the government’s climbdown.

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