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14 European Center-Left Governments Recommit to Progressivism, says Blair - 2003-07-14


British Prime Minister Tony Blair says leaders of 14 center-left governments in Europe, Africa and Latin America have restated their commitment to leading their countries in progressive directions.

Mr. Blair, who was host to the group's meeting in London, says the leaders expressed determination to protect people from repressive regimes or governments, to help people be in control their own lives and destinies, and to work for what he called "a true partnership" with the developing world.

The leaders said the coming World Trade Conference in Cancun, Mexico, should remove barriers and allow poorer nations better access to markets of the developed countries.

They also stated that only the U.N. Security Council should authorize global action in dealing with humanitarian crises.

A final communiqué expressed the conviction that collective action on progressive policies can improve people's lives.

Attending the London conference were, among others, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Czech Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla and Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski. They also included South African President Thabo Mbeki, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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