Republican News · Thursday 23 March 2000

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Adams raises world debt with Clinton

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, who is a supporter of the Jubilee 2000 Campaign to end Third World debt, took the opportunity of his meeting with President Clinton in Washington to congratulate the US President ``for the leadership he has shown on this issue and to urge him to maintain the momentum he created when he cancelled 100% of the debt owed to the US by some of the world's poorest nations''.

Adams spoke to Clinton for ten minutes on this issue during their St Patrick's Day meeting in the White House. He also gave the US President a letter outlining the next moves the Sinn Féin President feels are required to reach a comprehensive agreement to alleviate the poorest nations of the crippling burden of world debt.

Adams urged Clinton to persuade other political leaders to follow his example and to include countries like Haiti, Bangladesh, and Nigeria, which have been excluded from the current schemes. He added that ``the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have pivotal roles to play in tackling this matter and the US can exercise enormous influence over these institutions''.

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