Support for an international court

In the Opinion page article "A First Step Toward an International Criminal Court," July 8, no mention is made of a bill passed in our House of Representatives in October 1990. It is a concurrent resolution "calling for the creation of an International Criminal Court with jurisdiction over internationally recognized crimes of terrorism, illicit international narcotics trafficking, genocide, and torture as those crimes are defined in various international conventions." Our relations with Colombia, Mexico, and Panama really should compel our government to work hard toward encouraging the United Nations to establish this court; the UN has discussed the proposition repeatedly since its beginning in 1945. One problem is that such a court would cost money, and the need now is more for direct conflict resolution. Inga Thompson, Minneapolis

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