Summit makes slow progress

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JAKARTA (AFP) - Four days into their summit, the largest gathering of Third World leaders is moving at snail's pace in establishing a platform on political and economic issues they consider critical to their future.

At the Jakarta Convention Centre, speaker after speaker representing the Non-Aligned Movement's 108 members describes how the so-called new world order should be shaped.

But despite the similarity of views expressed by the monarchs, presidents and prime ministers on how the movement should adapt to the end of the Cold War, officials holding parallel meetings are plodding through drafts, amendments and counter amendments to frame a final document.

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