FEARING backlash over its refusal to send back its marines facing trial here for killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast,Italy has advised its citizens to be vigilant and cautious,especially in that state.
In an advisory,issued two days after it formally told India about its decision not to send back the two marines facing homicide charges,Italy also asked its nationals to stay away from any crowd. In connection with any protests,especially in the state of Kerala,related to each of the two sailors,it is recommended to compatriots in maintaining an attitude always vigilant and cautious and stay away from any crowd, the Italian embassy advisory,issued on March 13,said.
The two marines were allowed by the Supreme Court to go to Italy on February 22 for four weeks to vote in election there after the Italian government gave an undertaking that they will return to India. After Italy refused to send them back,the apex court restrained Italian envoy Daniele Mancini,who had given the undertaking,from leaving India without its permission.
EU urges common solution to dispute
The European Union has said it hoped for common solution to the dispute between India and Italy over Romes decision not to return the marines who are facing trial in New Delhi for killing two Indian fishermen. The EU is taking note of the disputes between India and Italy and continues to hope that a common solution can be reached through negotiation, Catherine Ashton,High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy,was quoted as saying by Italian daily Gazzetta del Sud Friday.