US wants balanced view on issues

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2003

THE United States wants the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to view the political and economic issues besetting the world in a balanced manner. 

“We hope that members of NAM will look at important political and economic issues that they present with a more balanced view,” ambassador Charles H. Twining, who is head of the US delegation to the 13th NAM Summit, told reporters on the sidelines of the summit here.  

The US is not a member of NAM but has been invited by the Malaysian Government as a guest to the Feb 20-25 summit. 

Twining, who is also the US Senior Area Advisor for East Asia and Pacific, said that the US was gratified by the invitation and had accepted it “with pleasure.” 

“The reason we've accepted to come as a guest is because we have many friends who are members of NAM, including Malaysia, and it is important that we come to hear the views of friends and express (our) views if we are asked. 

“It is a very good time to hear what people are thinking in the world and take their views into consideration,” he said. 

Twining said he did not know what the United States would do “with the concessions or no concessions” to be adopted at the summit but he would take the views of NAM and its member states back to Washington. 

He also denied reports that there would be a bilateral meeting between the US and North Korea on the sidelines of the KL NAM summit. 

“There will not be any talks with North Korea here ... we are not holding any bilateral talks ... that is up to the Secretary of State (Colin Powell) who has embarked on an Asian tour,” he said. – Bernama  

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