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But hasn't the US been withholding the money anyway? I seem to remember something in that direction. What if the world would ignore and maybe even exclude the US. I know, I know... not very realistic, but it really could or should be an option. It would be interesting to see what the Bush would do. I mean the US depends just as much, or even more on the world, as the world does on the US. Well, I guess a girl might dream as sometimes dreams come true. :-)
by Fran on Mon Sep 12th, 2005 at 12:40:37 PM EST
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Yes, US has been withholding money.  The way these meetings work is that the negotiation occurs over an acceptable text for a communiqué.  Because it has to be agreed by every country, you get a lowest-common-denominator outcome.  As Bob pointed out, the threat is that the US would walk away if the rest of the world ganged up on them.  Most countries wouldn't want that.
by canberra boy (canberraboy1 at gmail dot com) on Mon Sep 12th, 2005 at 05:31:34 PM EST
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