15 OTT 2001

Emma Bonino in Asia: misson to Thailand

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Emma Bonino, leader of the Transnational Radical Party and Member of the European Parliament, went to Asia to meet some political caracters to speak about the ratification of the International Criminal Court.

The first second day of the leader and her delegation was in Tahiland.Bangkok, 15 October 2001 - Hon.

Emma Bonino and Mariacarmen Colitti, together with Counselor Riccardo Manara, of the Italian Embassy in Bangkok met the Thai Minister of Justice, Mr.

Pongthep Thepkanjana, to discuss about the possibility by the Thai Government to initiate the process for the ratification of the Statute of
the International Criminal Court.

"As we are close to the sixty ratifications needed for the entry into force of the Statute" - Hon.

Bonino said - "it is of utmost importance to have more Asian countries as parties to it".Minister Thepkanjana replied that he already consulted with the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the issue, as the Department of Treaties and law is translating the Statute.

The ratification bill has to be adopted by the Thai Parliament and most probably it will be put in the agenda of the coming parliamentary session that will start on February 2002.However, Minister Thepkanjana, expressed positive opinion and took commitment to encourage the prompt ratification of the Statute.The delegation then met Thanes Sucharikul, Deputy Director of the Department of Legal Affairs and Treaties and Ittiporn Boonpracong, Acting Director of the Legal Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

They already examined a number of articles of the Rome Statute and, most probably, they will first have to adopt implementing legislation and then will ratify the Statute.

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