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PRESIDENT of the 64th Session
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United Nations, New York, 17 June 2010

Yesterday, 16 June, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, met with H.E. Mr. Roberto Maroni, Italian Minister of the Interior. They discussed transnational organized crime ahead of the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly held today on this issue.

Mr. Maroni thanked President Treki for organizing this special session 10 years after the United Nations High-level Political Conference on Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo Convention), adopted by General Assembly resolution 55/25 of 15 November 2000.

President Treki thanked the Italian Government for its leadership on this issue. Dr. Treki added that the General Assembly has pledged its commitment to fighting organized crime in several important resolutions, but efforts need greater coherence. In his 17 June statement at the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly, President Treki called for a strong message from the General Assembly that transnational organized crime must be stopped before it spreads even more fear, poverty, violence and impunity.

At today’s proceedings in the General Assembly, President Treki noted the significant contribution of many Governments, national and international law-enforcement agencies and judges, who have paid a high price in the fight against transnational organized crime. In this context, he highlighted the efforts made by the Governments of Italy and Mexico, specifically mentioning Judge Giovanni Falcone of Italy, whose work and sacrifice paved the way for the adoption of the Palermo Convention.

Yesterday, President Treki also met separately with H.E. Mr. Angelino Alfano, the Italian Minister of Justice. They discussed important issues on the agenda of the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly.