A UN Tribunal on Monday asked Indian and Italian government to stop all court proceedings in the Italian marines case which may aggravate the issue. The case relates to two Italian marines who have been accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012.
The International Tribunal on Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has also sought an initial report into the incident from both the countries by September 24.
According to a report in The Times of India, India had told the Tribunal that it was prepared to complete the trial of the two Italian marines within four months "if Italy were to cooperate and withdraw its objections to the procedure before the Indian Supreme Court."
Italy has stated that the shooting took place in international waters- where the fishermen were mistaken for pirates- and a UN law grants jurisdiction to the country which owns the ship involved in any incident at sea, states a report in NDTV.
India has countered Italy's claim stating that it has jurisdiction over the incident as it took place in its exclusive economic zone.
While one of the accused is on bail in India, the other has been allowed to stay in Italy for six months by the Supreme Court for medical treatment.