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Rich-poor rift stymies UN development parley

The conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on industrial development staggered to an end here early Monday after failing to adopt key resolutions because of deep political divisions between rich nations led by the United States and poor countries.

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The US voted alone against what it called an inaccurate and impartial final document summing up the world economic situation. Britain, West Germany, Canada, and Australia abstained.

US Ambassador Richard Williamson, who earlier in the conference had announced Washington's intention to concentrate future aid on countries with free-market economies, said the text dealt with financial, trade, and disarmament issues that were not part of the UNIDO mandate

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