- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 28, 2002

Denmark's 'Global Deal'
Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen yesterday proposed an ambitious "Global Deal" to fight poverty and combat terrorism.
"The fight against poverty and misery in the developing countries has a direct link to the prevention of conflict and terrorism. The advanced and developing countries should join forces and strike a Global Deal," he said in a speech at George Washington University.
Mr. Rasmussen called on the United States, Europe and other industrialized nations to open their borders to free trade and increase development aid to Third World countries. Mr. Rasmussen, who met with President Bush earlier this week, said he welcomed Mr. Bush's decision to increase U.S. foreign aid.
The Danish leader called on the developing countries to respond by adopting democratic and free-market policies.
"In return for better market access … , we are entitled to demand from the developing countries that they improve their governance. That means democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights, liberty and free exchange of information and news across borders," Mr. Rasmussen said.
"Good governance clearly also implies that these countries desist from policies that play into the hands of international terrorists or directly help such forces," he added.
He compared his Global Deal to a 21st-century Marshall Plan and called for its adoption at the U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development in September in Johannesburg. Mr. Rasmussen said the Global Deal will be a top priority during his presidency of the European Union. Denmark assumes the six-month rotating presidency in July.
It is a "plan that could pave the way for freedom, peace, stability and increasing prosperity on our globe," he said. "It could replace despair and darkness with hope and light for hundreds of millions of people."

U.S.-India partnership
U.S.-Indian relations have improved so much that the 21st century will be a "century of partnership between the two great democracies," Indian Ambassador Lalit Mansingh predicted this week.
India, which had more favorable relations with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, now is developing ties with the United States on all levels.
"Today, for the first time, we see a strategic dialogue with the United States," Mr. Mansingh said in a speech at Washington's University Club, according to a report by United Press International.
"We have a common interest in maintaining the freedom of the seas, in maintaining free access to the energy resources of the Middle East and Central Asia, in combatting international terrorism and preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction."
Mr. Mansingh also cited the increasing military relations.
"In the 50 years since independence [in 1947], there was only one visit by a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to India," he said. "In the past year alone, there have been two."
"We now have very strong defense cooperation," he added. "We are talking about joint military and naval operations, joint military-training programs, joint peacekeeping operations and the joint production of defense equipment."
Mr. Mansingh noted that the relations began to improve under President Clinton and have grown widely under President Bush.
"The relationship is strong, robust and moving forward," he said.

Energizing Turkey
The United States and Turkey have signed agreements to increase energy-technology cooperation between the two countries.
"The agreements provide assistance to enhance Turkey's development of clean-coal technologies and diversify its natural-gas supplies, as well as improvements to several other energy-related technologies," the U.S. Embassy said.
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, who signed the agreement last week on behalf of the United States, said, "Turkey, like the United States, is fully aware that energy-related research can help increase efficiency, reduce emissions and achieve a stronger energy security."
He added that the agreements "will improve Turkey's ability to provide for its own energy needs through a diversified resource base."


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