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Wolfowitz: Won't Pursue Strictly American Agenda as World Bank President

Paul Wolfowitz, the United States nominee to lead the World Bank, says he will not pursue a strictly American agenda as president of the global organization.

In an interview published in Sunday's Washington Post, Mr. Wolfowitz said Washington has an important voice in the 184-nation body, but he would be responsive to the entire membership.

Mr. Wolfowitz said he understood European concerns that senior management of the Bank adequately represent the diverse organization and the importance of the Bank's work in Africa.

He said the World Bank's mission of reducing poverty and promoting economic development helps advance freedom and democracy throughout the world.

Critics say Mr. Wolfowitz does not have a background in poverty reduction and economic development and they question his role as a leading architect of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

World Bank directors are expected to vote on his nomination later this week.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.