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Italian Foreign Minister Dini reaffirms support for the Tribunal
The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Rt. Hon. Lamberto Dini, has today met in Brussels, on the occasion of the General Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the European Union, with the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Mr. Antonio Cassese.
Foreign Minister Dini has reaffirmed the full support of the Italian Government to the activities of the Tribunal. In his view the International Tribunal for Yugoslavia, together with the International Tribunal for Rwanda, constitutes a significant and important step towards the establishment, which Italy hopes will be imminent, of the Permanent Criminal Court. In this respect the Rt. Hon. Lamberto Dini has pointed out that Italy will continue to ensure that the Diplomatic Conference which should, in June 1998, adopt the Statute of the Permanent Criminal Court, will take place in Italy.
Foreign Minister Dini has assured President Cassese that, in concert with the other governments of the European Union, he will undertake démarches in the capitals of the countries of the former Yugoslavia, in order that they intensify and make more effective their co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Foreign Minister Dini has also emphasised that the Italian Government is actively considering a draft Agreement with the International Tribunal on the enforcement in Italy of sentences handed down by the Tribunal.
Finally, the Italian Foreign Minister has accepted an invitation from President Cassese to pay an official visit to the International Tribunal at The Hague in the next few months. By this visit the Rt. Hon. Lamberto Dini intends to personally demonstrate his full commitment, and that of the Italian Government, in support of the Tribunal's actions.
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