Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday hailed a United Nations committee vote calling for a moratorium on the death penalty - a cause for which Italy has long lobbied.
''The UN vote...is a great success for Italy and the cause of peace,'' Napolitano said after Thursday night's human rights committee vote.
''Now all that's missing is the final seal of the General Assembly,'' the president said.
The resolution, which calls for ''a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty,'' is expected to go to the 192-member Assembly in mid-December.
Monday, November 26, 2007