EDINBURGH Oct 28 (LSN) – Prime Minister Chretien urged the implementation of an international criminal court at the meeting of Commonwealth leaders in Scotland today. The proposal received support from the 52 government leaders at the conference. A UN meeting to discuss terms of reference has been set for Rome next June.

The Commonwealth leaders said an international criminal court would deal with war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity and international acts of terrorism. Critics fear the international courts would supercede national laws and thus allow for seizure of citizens or global police enforcement of UN values.