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    their overall responsibility under international law.

          Dr. Rice described the United States' present thinking as regards the post-war period.  The Secretary-General

    said that any United Nations role beyond the provision of humanitarian assistance would have to be decided by the

    Member States through a Security Council resolution.  He emphasized the need to maintain the territorial integrity of

    Iraq and the right of its people to determine their political future and exercise control over their natural resources.

          That statement was issued to you late yesterday, and I just wanted to read it into the record.

          **Côte d’Ivoire

          On Côte d’Ivoire, UNICEF is concerned about the worsening situation of children in rural areas of Côte d’Ivoire,

    in areas cut off and isolated by insecurity.  An assessment team reports near catastrophic conditions in the

    north-eastern districts of Bondoukou and Bouna where the health- care system has broken down.  The UNICEF will be

    sending a convoy of medical supplies to the area to restart its support in there.

          We have a press release on that.

          **International Criminal Court

          The International Criminal Court (ICC) has selected Luis Moreno Ocampo, a prominent Argentine lawyer, to be

    the Court’s first prosecutor, the ICC confirmed in a statement issued yesterday.

          Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, Jordan’s Ambassador to the UN and the President of the Assembly of

    States Parties to the International Criminal Court, said that the States Parties had agreed informally last Friday to

    elect Mr. Moreno Ocampo when they resume their session, here in New York, starting on 21 April.

          The Ambassador said that Mr. Moreno Ocampo was selected after months of lengthy consultations between

    the governments on a number of strong contenders.  He added that the States Parties are confident the

    newly-established Court will “benefit in the coming years from a gifted prosecutor with proven abilities; a man of

    recognized integrity”.

          **International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia

          The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia yesterday ordered the authorities in Croatia to

    serve an indictment against Gen. Janko Bobetko, but Tribunal Judge Carmel Agius also ordered that arrest warrants

    which had been issued against Bobetko be suspended immediately, with the Tribunal Registrar to receive monthly

    medical reports on the suspect’s health.

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