Seventy-seven nations representing the "third world" gathered in Lime on Monday (18 October) for preparatory meetings leading up to the ministerial conference next week.
Seventy-seven nations representing the "third world" gathered in Lime on Monday (18 October) for preparatory meetings leading up to the ministerial conference next week. Primary considerations will be economic policies.
With the third world countries at different stages of development and their economies equally diverse, individual problems are not shared by all. They can, some diplomate feel, increase their effectiveness in the councils of the world. A first priority is greater participation in financial decision making.
President Nixon's recent economic measures have angered the countries of Latin America. They are expected to try to win African and Asian backing for a new demand that they be made exempt for import tariffs imposed by Mr Nixon.
Overall, the countries taking part, are aiming for cooperation, which will allow them to speak with one voice on world topics, which affect all or some of them.
SYNOPSIS: In Lima on Monday, delegates representing nations of the "third world" gathered for preliminary meetings, which will lead up to the ministerial conference next week.
In all, seventy-seven countries are expected to send delegations to the conference. Although many of the countries are diverse in terms of development, they hope to work together and increase their collective effectiveness in the councils of the world. Top priority, they say, must be given to greater participation in financial decision-making.
Peru's Foreign Minister, General Edgardo Mercado Jarrin, has suggested that developing countries should be exempt from tariffs and other protectionist measures imposed by the larger and richer powers. The idea is expected to win wide support at the ministerial conference. President Nixon's imposition of import tariffs has insured that a major part of the discussion will be on economic affairs. But the countries taking part will also be trying to redefine their non-aligned status between the power blocs of East and West, and assess its political potential