We risked getting isolated internationally: Italian PM

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    ROME: Outlining the reasons for sending back to India the two marines accused of killing Indian fishermen, Italy's outgoing prime minister Mario Monti said Rome faced serious risk of being isolated internationally and could have opened a crisis of "serious proportions" with New Delhi.

    Monti also said that his foreign minister Giulio Terzi had resigned with motives not just limited to the marines issue.

    The premier, who himself was sworn in to replace Terzi as interim foreign minister, gave more details behind the tangled diplomatic row, which Monti said risked ruining relations with key trade allies in the developing world but denied that economics was a factor in the decision-making process.

    Monti said he was "stunned" by Terzi's decision to step down, adding that his former chief diplomat gave no warning he would quit on Tuesday, and that his real aim was "to achieve another end that may become clearer in the near future," avoiding a more direct accusation, Italian news agency INSA said.

    On Tuesday, Terzi abruptly resigned claiming that his voice went "unheard" as the caretaker cabinet decided to send back the two marines — Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone — 10 days after it reneged on a pledge to return the two men who had been granted a four-week leave.

    Monti, addressing both Houses of Parliament last night, stressed on the diplomatic stakes. "There were serious and objective risks that Italy would find itself isolated in the international community," if it had failed to ensure the pair returned to India, Monti said. "It would have opened a crisis of serious proportions with India".

    Monti said that since the pair had been returned relations had improved between the two countries that should lead to "a quick solution".

    We risked getting isolated: Italian PM on marines' issue - The Times of India
     
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    Yeah, serious repercussions. Like we would have cancelled all cricketing ties.
     
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    It's all about business I think and nothing else even if they deny it. I think in their hearts of hearts they still hope to get the MRCA deal and they don't want to jeopardize that chance. Add to this, Italy has some good defence business on its own going on in India with Finmeccanica
     
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    no buddy we still buy many defense equipment from Italy which would have stopped, and no future deals
     
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    Eaxactly my point.
     
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    yeah they want justice for her, but dont want Justice for our fishermen or for the marines :rofl:
     

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