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Monday, July 24, 2000

Mori hopes summit results will help the world

Staff writer

NAGO, Okinawa Pref. — Expressing his satisfaction with the outcome of the Group of Eight summit, Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori said Sunday he strongly hopes the results will help contribute to further prosperity in the world.

Speaking here at a press conference as chairman of the three-day summit, Mori said the G8 leaders had a significant opportunity to discuss key issues facing the world, including information technology.

"Thanks to the sincere cooperation of people in Okinawa, we were able to have a meaningful G8 summit meeting toward the 21st century," Mori said. "I would like to express my gratitude."

Mori said the G8 leaders had active and fruitful discussions over how they can contribute to bringing prosperity and peace to the the world in the 21st century. The results of the meeting were woven into the "G8 Communique Okinawa 2000," he said.

Mori stressed the significance of the IT discussion and the leaders' agreement on establishing an international task force to help developing countries embrace the IT revolution. "I hope the results compiled in the Okinawa Charter on IT will play an important role in the future development of IT," Mori said.

Calling the inter-Korea summit a "historic event," Mori also said the G8 leaders promised during the conference to support the "progress" of North and South Korea as well as the U.S.-mediated Middle East peace talks.

Mori said it was meaningful that U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke at Peace Memorial Park before the people of Okinawa, adding that he was "touched" by his speech.

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