Italian Foreign Minister calls on Krishna

Last Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 00:52

New Delhi: Italian Foreign Minister Giulio
Terzi on Saturday called his Indian counterpart SM Krishna who told
him that the captain the Italian oil tanker, whose guards
killed two Indian fishermen off Kollam coast in Kerala, must
cooperate with Indian law enforcers.

During the telephonic talk, Krishna told Terzi that the
people onboard the ship `Enrica Lexie`, particularly the
Captain of the ship and the two personnel involved in the
shooting, should fully cooperate with Indian investigating
authorities.
Krishna said the law should be allowed to take its course
in connection with the incident.

His remarks came in the backdrop of reports that the
Italian ship authorities refused to hand over the personnel
involved in the shooting to Indian law enforcers.

Krishna, according to a statement by the External Affairs
Ministry, said the loss of lives could have been avoided had
the naval personnel on board "Enrica Lexie" been careful and
exercised restraint.
He told his Italian counterpart that "our information
clearly indicated that the Indian fishermen were not carrying
any arms or ammunition on board their vessel. Indian fishing
vessels do not carry these on board but only fishing nets and
the fish they catch".

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 00:52

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