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Grassroots group seeks Bush and Putin's ear

DEMOCRATS Abroad Slovakia has decided to embark on a unique diplomatic effort to provide input to Presidents Bush and Putin during their upcoming summit in Bratislava.

The small start-up group is appealing for an audience with the American and Russian leaders in order to present its message of "people centred, pro-business foreign policy".

According to Bill Quam, chair of Democrats Abroad Slovakia, "If we are to enter a new era of American foreign policy then the active input of ordinary people and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) must be sought by our leaders and must be presented in a serious fashion if the ideas are to be considered."

One of the smallest of the 70 such organizations abroad, Democrats Abroad Slovakia is working in conjunction with Vitis in Pezinok, a Slovak-based business, and The Bratislava International Studies Institute at City University, to present its foreign policy message.

"The foreign policy message is this: that it will take the combined action of ordinary people, SMEs and bold innovative research from outside the usual circles of power if solutions to the many problems of the world are to be realized," Quam explained.

An interview with Bush and Putin has not yet been granted the organization.

Compiled by Spectator staff from a press release

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