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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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12.1.2015
PE545.686v01-00
 
B8-0006/2015

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure


on the case of the two Italian ‘marò’ (2015/2512(RSP))


Lara Comi, Cristian Dan Preda, Barbara Matera, Raffaele Fitto, Antonio Tajani, Salvatore Cicu, Michael Gahler, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Andrej Plenković, Ivana Maletić, Elisabetta Gardini on behalf of the PPE Group

European Parliament resolution on the case of the two Italian ‘marò (2015/2512(RSP))  
B8‑0006/2015

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–       having regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union,

–       having regard to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the additional protocols thereto,

–       having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

–       having regard to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,

–       having regard to all the statements of both the Commission and its Vice-President / the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the case of the Italian ‘marò’ Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone,

–       having regard to its resolution of 10 May 2012 on maritime piracy(1),

–       having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas on 15 February 2012 there was an incident in the waters off the coast of India in which two local fishermen were killed, and whereas two Italian navy officers, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, were considered responsible and subsequently arrested; whereas the two officers were on the Italian oil tanker Enrica Lexie during their anti-piracy operations;

B.     whereas an international incident arose which is still characterised by absolute uncertainty as to the future of the two Italians, given that almost three years later no formal charges have been laid in connection with the shootings;

C.     whereas on 12 September 2014 India allowed Mr Latorre to return to Italy for four months for medical treatment after he suffered a stroke while in detention; whereas on 6 January 2015 Mr Latorre underwent heart surgery to cure his condition, but whereas he still needs medical care; whereas Mr Girone is currently still in India;

D.     whereas on 16 December 2014 the Supreme Court in New Delhi refused the two marines’ requests for the relaxation of the conditions of their provisional freedom; whereas Mr Latorre asked for his stay in Italy for health treatment to be extended and Mr Girone asked to be allowed to spend the Christmas period with his family;

E.     whereas the incredible delays in the process and the absence of any charge against the two Italian military officers amount to human rights violations;

F.     whereas the Italian Government has strongly criticised the conduct of the Indian authorities, and whereas on 17 December 2014 the Italian Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, announced the urgent recall of the Italian ambassador to India for consultations;

G.     whereas on 15 October 2014 the then Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (VP/HR), Catherine Ashton, condemned the conduct of the Indian authorities, encouraging the Indian Government to find a quick and satisfactory solution in conformity with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and international law;

H.     whereas on 16 December 2014 the VP/HR, Federica Mogherini, stressed that the case could have an impact on relations between the EU and India;

I.      whereas on 10 May 2012 Parliament adopted a resolution on maritime piracy, paragraph 30 of which states that ‘on the high seas, according to international law, in all cases, including actions taken in the fight against piracy, the national jurisdiction of the flag state applies on the ships concerned, as well as to the military staff deployed on board’ and notes that ‘no arrest or detention of a ship may be ordered, even as a measure of investigation, by any authorities other than those of the flag state’;

J.      whereas the two marò are EU citizens, and whereas on 15 February 2012 they were performing their anti-piracy functions;

K.     whereas the EU has a central role in respect for human rights both within Europe and at the international level;

1.      Deplores the conduct of the Indian authorities in managing the case of the Italian marò, and believes that the absence of any charge against the two soldiers and the incredible delays in the process amount to human rights violations;

2.      Expresses great concern about the legal uncertainty surrounding the case of the Italian maró, who after three years are still waiting to know their fate;

3.      Supports the Italian Government’s efforts to find a solution to the case, but believes that the EU also has a duty to step in to protect the rights of its citizens;

4.      Strongly asks for the final return of the two maró to Italy, and for the application of the national jurisdiction of the flag state in conformity with international law, as previously called for in its resolution of 10 May 2012;

5.      Urges the VP/HR, Federica Mogherini, to take all necessary action to protect the two Italian maró and to seek the satisfactory resolution of the case as a matter of urgency;

6.      Calls on the Commission and the Council to treat the case of the maró with the utmost importance in their bilateral relations with India and, if necessary, to consider restrictive measures with a view to facilitating a solution;

7.      Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments of the Member States and the Government and Parliament of India.

(1)

OJ C 261 E, 10.9.2013, p. 34.

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