UN for peaceful resolution to India-Italy diplomatic row
New York, Mar. 14 : United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for a peaceful resolution of the diplomatic row between India and Italy over the fate of two Italian marines.
Ban's spokesman told media here that the Secretary General desired that the dispute be resolved in accordance with international law.
The two Marines -- Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone, charged with homicide for killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast in February last year in an anti-piracy operation, were permitted by India's Supreme Court to go to Italy for four weeks for voting in last month's election.
However, on March 11, the Italian Government announced that Latorre and Girone would remain in Italy and not return to India to face murder charges.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Rome's decision is unacceptable and added that his government will pursue all bilateral, diplomatic and international initiatives to bring the two marines back to face court.