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Seek U.N. Convention Banning Limitations Statute on War Crimes

The Economic and Social Council decided unanimously here today to recommend to the General Assembly adoption of a draft United Nations convention banning statutes of limitations on the punishment of war criminals and of persons who have committed crimes against humanity.

The Council requested that the next session of the Assembly, to be convened in September, adopt the draft at the earliest possible time. The issue of outlawing statutory limitations on the punishment of war crimes and crimes against humanity has been debated here for a number of years and had already been approved by the U.N. Commission on Human Rights which is a subsidiary body of ECOSOC.