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Oleh/By		:   	DATO' SERI DR. MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD 
Tempat/Venue 	: 	SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, KUALA LUMPUR (K.L) 
Tarikh/Date 	: 	03/06/90 
Tajuk/Title  	: 	THE DINNER IN HONOUR OF THE HEADS 
			OF DELEGATION OF THE MEETING OF THE 
			SUMMIT LEVEL GROUP FOR SOUTH-SOUTH 
			CONSULTATION AND COOPERATION 




 Your Excellencies, The Heads of State and Heads of
     Government;
Excellencies;
Distinguished Guests;
Ladies and Gentlemen.
    We  have come to the end of our meeting.  It has been a
very hectic three days.  For me personally and for Malaysia,
playing host to such  a  distinguished  gathering  of  world
leaders  has been a great honour and privilege.  It has also
been a great learning experience for us.   The cultural  and
linguistic  diversities  alone  posed a number of challenges
for us as organisers.   I hope we have  met  some  of  these
challenges  to  your  satisfaction.   The experience we have
gained from organising this conference has convinced me more
than ever that cultural, linguistic and even  political  and
social  differences  are  not the insurmountable barriers to
cooperation that they are made out to be.
2.   More importantly, I hope you will leave Malaysia with a
sense of accomplishment.  We have gathered together from all
over the South, across many thousands of miles, with  a  re-
solve to begin a new process of South-South consultation and
cooperation.   In the intimacy of a somewhat smaller gather-
ing, we have got to know one another better and have come to
understand one another's aspirations and concerns.  Although
the problems we face may differ in both manner and  gravity,
we  have felt the need for united and coordinated responses.
This will provide an important basis on which we  can  carry
forward the process of cooperation.
3.   At  Carcosa Seri Negara we have also explored the prac-
tical measures for cooperation.  This was a major  objective
of  our  meeting.   I believe we have all come away from the
meeting with a clearer idea of the way ahead.  All that  re-
mains  is  for  us  to infuse these ideas with the political
will to enable them to become a reality.   Judging from  our
discussions  these  last few days and indeed your very pres-
ence here, I would say that the political  will  is  already
very much in evidence.
4.   To  be  sure  there were, of course, areas of disagree-
ment.  I think such disagreements are natural and to be  ex-
pected,   particularly  at  any  first  meeting.    We  have
different domestic needs and demands.  We also  have  varied
experiences  that  propel  us to seek solutions in different
ways.  I have never subscribed to the  view  that  there  is
only  one way and only one solution to any problem.  What is
important however is that we have begun  a  process  towards
harmonizing  our search for solutions and of seeking ways to
bring to bear the collective weight of the South in  support
of  policies  which individually we could not hope to pursue
with success.
5.   This meeting, which we all hope will become  a  regular
feature, will also oblige us to travel to other parts of the
South.    For  most of us, the cities in the South would not
normally be on our itinerary.   The importance  of  pressing
our  case and seeking relief from the pressures we face with
the North, in the North, leaves little time  for  visits  to
the  South.   It is my hope that these summit level meetings
will now set the pattern for greater  inter-South  exchanges
and dialogues.  I think we have all sensed how much there is
to be gained from expanding such contacts.
6.   As  Chairman, let me use this occasion to also reaffirm
that we had no secret agenda or hidden motives in  convening
this meeting.  Though we are leaders of nations in the South
we did not meet as leaders of the South nor as its appointed
spokesmen.  As I said in my opening address, we are simply a
group  of  like  minded  countries  who came together to see
whether we can begin a process towards tangible and mutually
beneficial South-South cooperation.   It is  our  hope  that
this process will be infectious and lead to a revitalization
of that much sought after cooperation.  Coming from all cor-
ners of the South and being individual members of nearly ev-
ery  political and economic grouping in the South from Asean
to the Carribean Basin  Initiative,  I  think  we  are  well
placed to encourage this.
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
7.   Your stay in Malaysia has been all too short.  You have
probably  spent  more time inside conference rooms than out-
side.  I wish there was time for me  to  show  you  more  of
Malaysia  and  introduce  you to its people and cultures.  I
hope you will give me the opportunity of welcoming you  back
to  Malaysia  for  a longer and more relaxing visit some day
soon.  Till then, I wish you a safe journey home.    It  has
been  a  real  pleasure having you here.   We have benefited
greatly by your wisdom and experience.  I hope you have  en-
joyed your stay here as much as we have enjoyed hosting you.
     Thank you.

 
 



 
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