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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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12.1.2015
PE547.440v01-00
 
B8-0017/2015

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))


Charles Tannock, Geoffrey Van Orden on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on the case of the two Italian ‘marò (2015/2512(RSP))  
B8‑0017/2015

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to its previous resolutions on India,

–       having regard to the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of 16 December 2014 on the latest developments in the case of two Italian military personnel in India, and to previous statements made by her predecessor,

–       having regard to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),

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

A.     whereas on 15 February 2012 Italian marines on board the oil tanker MT Enrica Lexie opened fire in the direction of an approaching boat, the Indian fishing boat St Anthony, and whereas this resulted in the deaths of two fishermen;

B.     whereas on 19 February 2012 two Italian marines from the Enrica Lexie were arrested by Indian Kerala State police and accused of, but to date not formally charged with, the murder of the two fishermen;

C.     whereas the Italian marines were members of Nuclei militari di protezione (military protection teams) on an anti-piracy mission sanctioned by the UN Security Council;

D.     whereas Italy asserts that the incident took place in international waters and that the marines should be tried in Italy or in an international court; whereas, however, India maintains that it can try the marines because the incident took place in coastal waters under Indian jurisdiction;

E.     whereas the International Maritime Organisation has refused to intervene in this case and considers the matter to be outside its purview; whereas on 6 January 2015 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon’s spokesperson reiterated that the UN does not wish to intervene;

F.     whereas EU officials have on several occasions expressed support for the Italian authorities and their wish for a mutually agreed resolution, based on international law;

G.     whereas both India and Italy have paid compensation to the families of the victims;

1.      Expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the two fishermen who were killed in this most unfortunate incident;

2.      Urges the Italian and Indian Governments to arrive at an early resolution of the issue, in the interest of the families involved and of both countries;

3.      Notes that the incident took place in the broader context of international cooperation on counter-piracy, which Parliament strongly supports;

4.      Urges the EU and India not to allow this incident adversely to affect bilateral relations, and instead to further deepen these relations and increase cooperation in areas such as trade, science and security;

5.      Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the Government and Parliament of India.

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