Sumario: June 16, 2003: Message of congratulations from Chris Patten on the occasion of the solemn undertaking by the Prosecutor of the ICC, Luis Moreno Ocampo
"I extend my warmest congratulations to you on the occasion of your solemn undertaking in open court to exercise your functions impartially and conscientiously as Prosecutor in the International Criminal Court. As Prosecutor, you and your Office will play a vital role in initiating investigations and conducting trials designed to bring to justice those who have committed the most serious crimes of international concern. I wish you well in the discharge of those duties. You will be aware that
the European Union has been a staunch supporter of the ICC with strong political, diplomatic and financial backing for the new court. I have no doubt that the EU will continue to offer full support to the ICC as it translates the commitment of those States which have ratified the Rome Statute into concrete action to combat impunity and advance international justice."