- The Washington Times - Friday, March 30, 2007

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:

Asahi Shimbun

North Korea talks end

TOKYO — The six-party talks over North Korea’s nuclear program have recessed without producing any results. Pyongyang insisted it would not continue to sit at the table until it confirmed the transfer of $25 million at Banco Delta Asia in Macao, which the United States promised to release.

It is not unusual to encounter astonishment and anger in negotiations with North Korea, yet the country is far too self-centered.

Given the situation, if North Korea unnecessarily tries to delay the process further, the much-hoped-for momentum of the six-way talks toward peaceful coexistence in the Korean Peninsula may be stopped.

These times require taking a broad overview and remaining calm. North Korea should make no mistake in understanding that it is necessary to build up mutual trust for peace in the Korean Peninsula.

Dagens Nyheter

EU’s 50th anniversary

STOCKHOLM — [On March 16] there were major celebrations in Berlin, and the EU has reasons to celebrate. The union is largely a success. It even has a common foreign and security policy.

… So what does the union’s foreign policy look like, 50 years after the Treaty of Rome was signed? Well, even if a lot remains to be done, a remarkable development has taken place. The EU is taking on large responsibilities, the rapid deployment forces are coming into place, foreign policy even has its own “spokesman” and the EU is not afraid to protect the peace with weapon in hand.

One could wish there was more unity [among members], but the union manages quite often to speak with a single voice. More and more countries are also realizing that their own foreign policy is more effective if channeled through the EU.

… The EU has also been far more successful at spreading peace, welfare and democracy than the United States ever has. The expansion eastward has contributed to giving millions of people a freedom that people in other parts of the world unfortunately can only dream about. …

The Observer

Abolition of slave trade

LONDON — [March 27, 1807, marked] the abolition of the slave trade. Unfortunately, the rights and wrongs of apologizing for Britain’s involvement in this wicked trade have dominated debate, a sideshow that is overshadowing an otherwise rewarding national conversation.

There is no doubt that much of the modern fabric of British commercial and civic life owes some debt to the Atlantic slave trade. Manufacturers of the west Midlands, great landed estates, the Church of England, Oxbridge colleges, the royal family, City banks — all are stained with blood.

Yet the bicentenary should not be about relative levels of institutional guilt, but … active engagement with this history and its meaning. Up and down Britain, local authorities, theaters, museums and galleries have sought to do just that. Exhibitions have shown just how ingrained slavery was within the contours of our national past. …

Belfast Telegraph

Power-sharing accord

BELFAST — There have been many historic moments in the long history of the peace process, but none compares with the sight of the Rev. Ian Paisley pictured alongside Gerry Adams and promising to build a better future for all the people of Northern Ireland. …

It was an immensely difficult weekend, for all concerned, but everyone deserves credit for the positive part they played. [Mr. Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party] … showed they were willing to bridge the gap between the Government’s deadline and their own by taking part in departmental briefings and “finalizing a program for government.”…

In retrospect, the Government’s insistence on a tight deadline was the right tactic, as it concentrated minds and brought about the late compromise. Ian Paisley needed to bring his dissidents with him, if a deal was to survive, and Gerry Adams knew that if devolution was not to be lost for years, he had to accept the DUP’s terms.

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