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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/ITALY: ITALY'S PALERMO TO HOST U.N. CONFERENCE ON TRANSNATIONAL CRIM
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Nov 08 2000 - 09:17:36 EST


07/Dec/00 ITALY: ITALY'S PALERMO TO HOST U.N. CONFERENCE ON TRANSNATIONAL
CRIMES.
ROME, December 7 (Xinhua) - The United Nations' decision to hold a
conference on transnational crimes in the Italian city of Palermo next week
was hailed as a triumph for the city by Mayor Leoluca Orlando on Thursday.
The conference, which will open in the Sicilian capital on December 12 and
last three days, will spotlight the "re-birth of the city, which has become
a capital of culture and legality," Orlando said.
"The UN is not coming to our city for humanitarian reasons, as would have
been the case 10 years ago, but to study it as a model city in the fight
against organized crime," he said.
The event will be attended by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, at least
14 heads of state and 110 justice ministers and representatives from U.N.
member states.
Italian Justice Minister Fassino said Wednesday that the meeting was
designed to step up international co-operation in combating criminal
organizations and crimes such as money laundering, corruption and
obstructing justice.
He said that the conference would end with the signing of a document
adopted by the General Assembly on tackling these crimes and two other
accords aimed at fighting against illegal immigration and slave trade.
Xinhua News Agency.
XINHUA NEWS AGENCY BULLETIN 07/12/2000
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