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Full text: PM's statement in Parliament on Italy's decision on marines

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Mar 13, 2013 at 01:43pm IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday warned Italy of consequences if it did not send its marines to India for trial in the Kerala fishermen murder case. Speaking in parliament, Manmohan Singh said, "Our government has insisted that the Italian authorities respect the undertakings they have given to the Hon'ble Supreme Court and return the two accused persons to stand trial in India. If they do not keep their word there will be consequences for our relations with Italy." Following is the full text of Manmohan Singh's statement in Parliament:

There can be no two opinions about the actions that have been taken by the Italian government on the matter raised by the Hon'ble Members.

Our government has already made it clear that these actions of the Government of Italy are not acceptable. They violate every rule of diplomatic discourse and call into question solemn commitments given by accredited representatives of a sovereign government to our Supreme Court.

Full text: PM's statement in Parl on Italy's decision on marines

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned Italy of consequences if it did not send its marines to India for trial in the Kerala fishermen murder case.

This cannot, by any standards, be in the interests of any bilateral relationship that has to function on the basis of trust.

Our government has therefore insisted that the Italian authorities respect the undertakings they have given to the Hon'ble Supreme Court and return the two accused persons to stand trial in India. If they do not keep their word there will be consequences for our relations with Italy.

I would also urge all members of the House to treat this matter with the seriousness that it deserves, acting and speaking together as the Government moves forward on this issue.

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