INTRODUCTION Participating foreign ministers were cordial and relaxed when the co-ordinating bureau of the non-aligned nations ended their five-day meeting in New Delhi, India, on Monday (11 April).
INTRODUCTION Participating foreign ministers were cordial and relaxed when the co-ordinating bureau of the non-aligned nations ended their five-day meeting in New Delhi, India, on Monday (11 April). In a farewell speech, Mr. Sirimavo Bandanaraike of Sri Lanka called it one of the Bureau's most successful meetings.
SYNOPSIS: The bulk of the five-day meeting, held in the Vigyan Bhavan building, was spent discussing economic affairs and the 25 ministers condemned the failure of economic talks in Paris and Geneva. They blamed this on the persistent lack of political will on the part of developing nations. At the end of its final open session, the committee issued a sixty-page communique. Among its major announcements was the decision to send a special mission to express the bureau's solidarity with those front-line African states and liberation movements opposing white minority regimes in southern Africa. It was the first international gathering to be held in India since the elections and Mr Bandanaraike expressed the delegates appreciation to the hosts.
Delegates seemed pleased with their efforts as they left the hall for a farewell handshake with India's foreign minister, Mr Atal Vajpayee. One of their tasks in coming months will be to try to set up a common fund for non-aligned and other developing countries. This project was set back when a recent negotiating conference in Geneva failed to reach agreement on establishing the fund.