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BANGKOK-Rice Price Stabilisation

forgotten it, started as a political strategy. Some people have accused it of being a dogma; in fact, it has he- come exactly the opposite. It is no longer even a principle. Fur, those who take it seriously are sooner or later taught a lesson. One only hopes that Lusaka will remind the statesmen who gather there that the erosion of non- alignment has not been brought about by the changing world situation (as it is customary to say) but by the increasing pressures of the super powers to make bi-alignment look like non- alignment. Unless this is realised, many would ask the same question as a Burundian delegate is reported to have asked at the Dar meeting: "What are we discussing in the first place?" ed only as an integral part of the general trade liberalisation scheme. It was this negative Indian position which was largely responsible for the failure of this meeting to adopt any positive measure of regional co-operation for price stabilisation in rice.

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