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SUNS #4409
Wednesday, 7 April 1999


Group of 77: Need for coherent strategies (Chakravarthi Raghavan, Geneva)

United Nations: Third World Nations split over Kosovo (IPS, New York)

Brazil: Analysts caution against excessive optimism (IPS, Rio de Janeiro)

Argentina: Farmers in deep trouble (IPS, Buenos Aires)

Venezuela: Patent battle over sex pill (IPS, Caracas)

Environment: US toxic waste heads back to Taiwan (IPS, Washington)

United States: Afro-Americans head for UN Commission (IPS, Washington)

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Group of 77: Need for coherent strategies

Geneva, 6 Apr (Chakravarthi Raghavan) -- The political and security developments, as exampled by the events in Kosovo, as well as those under way elsewhere, including at the World Trade Organization, underscore the need for developing countries to formulate their strategies and approaches to make their influence felt, speakers at a meeting of the Group of 77 chapters in Geneva said Tuesday.

In focusing on preparations for UNCTAD-X at Bangkok in Feb 2000 and the processes at the WTO, UNCTAD Secretary-General Rubens Ricupero reminded developing countries that "if we allow considerations of power and influence to prevail over the majority, one should not be surprised at the results that will develop in the short or medium-term." It was important for developing countries to exchange views and "even more important to stand firm when decisions with far-reaching implications will have to be made," Ricupero added.


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