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IN THE CORRIDORS I

After a slow start during negotiations on the health section Tuesday, the Bureau and delegations are placing their hopes in the chair of the Contact Group, Mervat Tallawy from Egypt, the country that hosted the ICPD. Delegates offered a number of explanations for the lack of progress. A European delegate noted the importance of ICPD and the shifting priorities and language of the women's movement. An African delegate complained that the Arabic translation of the Platform presented a milder version of the proposals. She also noted her country's aversion to the content of Cairo. The apparent failure of the G-77 to reach a common position also contributed to the lack of progress.