Former West Germany Chancellor Wily Brandt warned on Friday (9 December) against expecting too much from the new commission of rich and poor nations.
Former West Germany Chancellor Wily Brandt warned on Friday (9 December) against expecting too much from the new commission of rich and poor nations. He was addressing commission members and guests at the opening ceremony at Gymnich Castle, about 30 kilometres (20 moles) from Bonn. Herr Brandt said no-one could be certain whether the commission would succeed in adopting a common standpoint at the end of its approaching 10-months' work.
SYNOPSIS: The commission was set up through World Bank president, Robert McNamara, following poor results from so-called north-south dialogues in Paris. Indonesia's former Foreign Minister Adam Malik enters the conference chamber, followed by Monsieur Antoine Kipsa Dakoure, an adviser to President Sangoule Lamizana of Upper Volta. Among the commission members they conversed with was Mrs. Katherine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post.
Herr Brandt, who was West German Chancellor from 1969 to 1974, with Herr Walter School, who was his vice-chancellor during those five years.