Davos closes with moves on trade, climate

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29 January 2007, Davos (dpa) - The World Economic Forum in Davos ended Sunday on a note of optimism for making progress on a range of issues from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to climate change, Africa and world trade. A fresh commitment to restarting the stalled Doha round of trade talks was possibly one of the biggest breakthroughs of the five day conference and keynote speeches by two major European leaders, one outgoing and one recent newcomer, were among the highlights. The five-day event drew 2,40

29 January 2007

Davos (dpa) - The World Economic Forum in Davos ended Sunday on a note of optimism for making progress on a range of issues from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to climate change, Africa and world trade.

A fresh commitment to restarting the stalled Doha round of trade talks was possibly one of the biggest breakthroughs of the five day conference and keynote speeches by two major European leaders, one outgoing and one recent newcomer, were among the highlights.

The five-day event drew 2,400 participants from 90 countries to the Swiss resort, including 24 heads of state or government, 85 cabinet ministers, religious and media leaders, and heads of non- governmental organizations.

British Prime Minster Tony Blair and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both stressed the need to make progress on Doha to liberalize trade.

Merkel, as this year's president of the Group of Eight (G8), placed it at the heart of the G8 summit next June in Heiligendamm, Germany, along with debt cancellation in Africa.

There was a mood of optimism on the Middle East as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Vice Prime Minister Tzipi Livni shared a platform and reaffirmed their commitment to finding a two-state solution, though Livni said terrorism must be dismantled as a first step to progress.

On climate change, both China and India stressed their commitment to cleaning up on emissions.

China's Zhang Xiaoqiang, Vice-Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, called for help from the industrialized world to meet its emission reduction targets.

Montek S. Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India, reported that India is increasingly turning to nuclear power to cut its emissions. "It's clear that business as usual is not going to work," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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