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Debt Relief

July 21, 2000

* The Italian Parliament approved, without dissent, an initiative to forgive over $4 billion in debt owed by impoverished countries ("Taking Lead, Italy to Forgive Billions in Third World Loans," July 15). Meanwhile, our House has narrowly approved $225 million in debt relief, but the Senate has only approved $75 million. The fate of the U.S. contribution to debt relief will be settled in a joint House-Senate conference; one can only hope that our legislators will be shamed into following the example of the Italian government.

PAUL C. EKLOF

Costa Mesa

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