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Bush, Singh to issue joint statement

The statement will be on UN Fund for Democracy, proposed by Bush.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2005 14:05 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George W Bush will issue a joint statement on the UN Fund for Democracy after a meeting in New York next week, according to the state department.

Speaking at a hearing of the House International Relations Committee on US-India Relations, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns said: "Next week at the UN, Prime Minister Singh and President Bush will have a joint statement on the Fund for Democracy."

The annual UN General Assembly session gets under way in New York September 13.

At the hearing, Burns also faced some heated questioning from nay sayers of the civilian nuclear cooperation agreement announcedon July 18 by Bush and Manmohan Singh.

The UN Fund for Democracy was proposed by Bush last year to help countries in transition. Almost 30 nations including India have signed on to the effort.

Countries like India, Germany, Britain and Hungary have pledged money to the fund while a number of Latin American nations have promised to share their expertise.

Emerging democracies can submit applications to the fund to underwrite specific projects.

The fund is run by a small number of UN staffers, with key decisions made by an advisory board made up of key donors, a representative from democratic countries from different regions, private aid organisations and key UN agencies.

First Published: Sep 09, 2005 15:58 IST