MORATORIUM. CURRENT EU PRESIDENCY: RESOLUTION BY MID OCTOBER
September 25, 2007: Portugal, the current EU Presidency, will present the resolution for the Moratorium on capital punishment between early and mid October. The Portuguese Secretary of European Affairs, Lobo Antunes, indicated this during his response to the European Parliament, in a session dedicated to presenting the initiative to the UN General Assembly.
âThe many contacts and initiatives give us hope,â he said, referring to the other nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America that have signed the initiative. âHopes are gradually improving, because what we are undertaking is a just cause.â
âWe've drawn lessons from the past to avoid possible mistakes,â Antunes said, reminding that this is the third attempt for the Moratorium. Unsuccessful attempts were made in 1994 and 1999.
âWe must concentrate on the future with determination, knowing that it isnât an easy task, but it is possible.â He asked the numerous European Parliamentarians that have asked for the presentation of the resolution to have faith in Portugalâs management of a âpolitically complexâ issue.
âWith the resolution for the Moratorium on capital punishment at the UN, the credibility of the global struggleâs leaders is under attack. We must be âas prepared as possible, and give ourselves time to build trans-regional alliancesâ.â Antunes said in the interview that the government needed âa certain margin for manoeuvring in order to identify the ideal date for such a complex issue.â
Antunes was criticised by Radical Parliamentarian Marco Pannella, who accused the Presidency of repeating previous mistakes. âIf we were in the USA or Great Britain, this would be seen as an offence to the truth, as well as an offence to the Parliament.â âYou had to present the proposal yesterday,â Pannella argued. He continued, yelling that this was a scandal, when his speech was interrupted for having gone overtime. (Sources: ANSA, 25/09/2007)