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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-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))

Javier Nart, Marielle de Sarnez, Ivan Jakovčić, Jozo Radoš, Ivo Vajgl, Louis Michel, Johannes Cornelis van Baalen, Gérard Deprez, Pavel Telička, Fredrick Federley, Marietje Schaake on behalf of the ALDE Group

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

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 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,

–       having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

–       having regard to the statements of 16 December 2014 by the Vice‑President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini,

–       having regard to all the statements made by both the Commission and the Vice‑President / High Representative on the case of the Italian marò Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone,

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

A.     whereas on 15 February 2012, in an area presumed to be in international waters, two local fishermen were killed and two Italian navy officers, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, serving on the Italian oil tanker Enrica Lexie, were arrested;

B.     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 and still needs medical care; whereas Mr Girone is currently still in India;

C.     whereas the Italian Foreign Affairs Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, has announced the urgent recall of the Italian ambassador to India for consultations;

D.     whereas the two marò were in the Indian Ocean conducting antipiracy operations in a particular area considered to be of high risk due to pirate activity;

E.     acknowledging the trustworthiness of the Italian navy officers, given that the two men, during their period of detention, voluntarily returned to India after receiving authorisation to travel to Italy, thereby once again placing themselves at the disposal of the Indian authorities;

F.     whereas it must be recognised that piracy creates situations of huge stress and enormous pressure for all military crews and protection entities;

1.      Reiterates its deepest concern for the two Italian navy officers, who are EU citizens, detained in India since February 2012;

2.      Urges both states, given that the location of the Italian oil tanker renders the question of juridical sovereignty in the case debatable, to agree on the case being submitted to the Permanent Court of Arbitration established under the First Hague Peace Conference and urges, as a consequence, that the relevant tribunal resolve this case as a matter of the utmost urgency;

3.      Stresses that the case should be resolved in full compliance with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea;

4.      Expresses great concern over the juridical uncertainty surrounding the case of the two Italian marò who, after three years, are still waiting to know their fate;

5.      Deplores the delay by the Indian authorities in managing the case of the two Italian marò;

6.      Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and to the Indian and Italian authorities.

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