Allow me to express surprise at the contents of the article by Doyle McManus (April 4), "Secret Deals With Libya by France, Italy Reported."
According to the article, Italy would have enjoyed immunity from attacks of international terrorism because of alleged pacts and "secret deals" with Libya and the Palestinian Liberation Organization in the 1970s.
On behalf of my government, I categorically deny such allegations, which are without any foundation and are in total contrast with my government's efforts in fighting terrorism. More than any other European country, Italy has brought to justice a number of terrorists who perpetrated their heinous acts both on domestic and foreign shores.
I would also like to point out that the Italian government has been amongst the most active in promoting tighter and more effective international cooperation against terrorism. It has and is taking all the necessary political and diplomatic initiatives to isolate those who support, tolerate or encourage subversive organizations.