Judge Agius had previously considered a report filed by medical experts which showed Bobetko to be “unfit to
travel and stand trial” before the Tribunal. Because of that, the judge decided that it was justified to suspend the arrest
warrants, pending any change in the general’s state of health. We have a press release on that.
A few dozen businesses in Panama are setting up a network to promote corporate responsibility through the
agenda set out in the Secretary-General’s Global Compact. Forty-six Panamanian businesses have signed on to the
Global Compact Network-Panama, which is designed to uphold the nine principles of human rights, labour rights and
environmental standards enshrined in the Compact. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has a press release
with more details.
We have one more press release to highlight for you today. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
opened a high-level Conference on Global Food Security and the Role of Sustainable Fertilization, in Rome today. The
Conference is jointly organized by the FAO and the International Fertilizer Industry Association. Among the topics to
be discussed are the challenges for successfully managing fertilizers in commercial farming systems and emerging
technologies in the field of fertilizer use and human nutrition.
And my last item today is budget news. Malaysia became the 65th Member State to pay its 2003 regular
budget contribution in full. That was with a payment of just over $3 million.
Questions and Answers
Question: Fred, do you have any figure about the casualties of today’s attack in Baghdad?
Spokesman: The market incident? No. Because we have no international staff there, we can’t react to
anything but what were news reports today and we have no specific details on the casualties. Yes?
Question: Fred, on the statement you put out yesterday you said that
Dr. Rice described the United States’ present thinking with regard to the post-war period. Can you shed any light on
what her thinking or the UN’s thinking is on it?
Spokesman: No, I think we intentionally left out the details. I think what the Secretary-General said when he