To talk of matters North and South, rich and poor
Eyed coldly, it is a trip that hardly seems necessary. The two-day meeting has no formal agenda. There will be no final communique. Few of the participants expect much in the way of concrete results. Then why are 22 heads of government,* 1,000 ministers and aides and more than 2,500 journalists converging on the Mexican resort island of Cancún this week for the International Meeting on Cooperation and Development conference?
The answers are as varied as the political and economic stripes of the delegations.
For some of the more militant Third World leaders,...