The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and the Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, have condemned the latest executions in Baghdad. “We consider that a man does not have the right to take away the life of another,” said Barroso in Rome. “It’s a fundamental question, which I believe is one of our European values. I take this opportunity to congratulate Italy for all the initiatives it’s taking on this at the UN. We can work together to abolish the death penalty,” he added.
The Italian Prime Minister, whose country now has a seat on the UN Security Council, repeated his opposition to the death penalty.