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Friday 13 June 1997   10:58 GMT


London, 13 June
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Atlanta, June 13 - The 45th Bilderberg Meeting will be held near Atlanta, Georgia, USA, from June 12-15, 1997, to discuss the Atlantic Relationship in a Time of Change. Among others the Conference will discuss NATO, China, Islam, EMU, Energy, Growth, Corporate Governance.

About 120 participants from North America and Europe will attend the discussions. The meeting is private in order to encourage frank and open discussion.

Bilderberg takes its name from the Hotel where the first meeting took place in May 1954. That meeting grew out of the concern on both sides of the Atlantic that the industrialized democracies in Europe and North America were not working together as closely as they should on matters of critical importance.

It was felt regular, off-the-record discussions would contribute to a better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western nations.

What is unique about Bilderberg as a forum is:

1. The broad cross-section of leading citizens, in and out of government, that are assembled for nearly three days of purely informal discussion about topics of current concern especially in the fields of foreign affairs and the international economy.

2. The strong feeling among participants that in view of the differing attitudes and experiences of their nations, there is a continuous, clear need to develop an understanding in which these concerns can be accommodated.

3. The privacy of the meetings, which have no purpose other than to allow participants to speak their minds openly and freely.

At the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued. In short, Bilderberg is a flexible and informal international leadership-forum in which different viewpoints can be expressed and mutual understanding enhanced.

To ensure full discussion, individuals representing a wide range of political and economic points of view are invited.

Two-thirds of the participants come from Europe and the remainder from the United States and Canada. Within this framework, on average about one-third are from the government sector and the remaining two-thirds from a variety of fields including finance, industry, labour, education and the media.

Participants are solely invited for their knowledge, experience and standing and with reference to the topics on the agenda.

All participants attend Bilderberg in a private and not in an official capacity.

Participants have agreed not to give interviews to the press during the meeting. In contacts with the media after the conference it is an established rule no attribution should be made to individual participants of what was discussed during the meeting. There will be no press conference.

A list of participants is appended.

Bilderberg Meetings

PineIsle Resort near Atlanta, USA

June 12-15, 1997

Current list of participants. (Status June 12.)

Chairman. GB. Carrington, Peter. Former Chairman of the Board, Christies International plc; Former Secretary General, NATO.

Honorary Secretary General. NL. Halberstadt, Victor. Professor of Public Economics, Leiden University.

I. Agnelli, Giovanni. Honorary Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.

I. Agnelli, Umberto. Chairman, IFIL S.p.A.

USA. Allaire, Paul A. Chairman, Xerox Corporation.

DK. Andersen, Bodil Nyboe. Governor, Central Bank of Denmark.

USA. Armacost, Michael H. President, The Brookings Institution.

P. Balsemao, Francisco Pinto. Professor of Communication Science, New University, Lisbon; Chairman, IMPRESA, S.G.P.S.; Former Prime Minister.

S. Barnevik, Percy. Chairman, ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd.

USA. Bartley, Robert L. Editor, Wall Street Journal.

CDN. Bassett, Isabel. Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of Finance, Government of Ontario.

USA. Bentsen, Lloyd M. Former Secretary of the Treasury, partner, Verner Liipfert Bernhard, McPherson and Hand.

USA. Berger, Samuel R. Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

NL. Bergh, Maarten A. van den Group Managing Director, Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies.

USA. Bergsten, C. Fred. Director, Institute for International Economics.

USA. Bernstein Richard. Book Critic, New York Times.

NL. Beugel, Ernst H. van der. Emeritus Professor of International Relations, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings for Europe and Canada.

TR. Beyazit, Selahattin. Director of Companies.

INT. Bildt, Carl. The High Representative.

TR. Bilgin, Dinc. Chairman of the Board, Sabah Yayincilik A.S.

CDN. Black, Conrad M. Chairman, The Telegraph plc.

H. Bokros, Lajos. Senior Adviser, The World Bank.

P. Borges, Antonio Dean. INSEAD.

GB. Browne, E. John P. Group Chief Executive, The British Petroleum Company p.l.c.

USA. Bryan, John H. Chairman and CEO, Sara Lee Corporation.

GB. Buchanan, Robin W.T. Senior Partner, Bain & Company.

D. Burda, Hubert. Chairman, Burda Media.

CH. Butler, Hugo. Editor in Chief, Neue Zurcher Zeitung.

GR. Carras, Costa. Director of Companies, D Cartellieri, Ulrich Member of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG.

E. Carvajal Urquijo, Jaime Chairman and General Manager, Iberfomento.

F. Collomb, Bertrand. Chairman and CEO, Lafarge.

USA. Corzine, Jon S. Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs & Co.

CH Cotti, Flavio. Federal Councillor and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

GB. Cranborne, Robert M.J.C. Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords.

USA. Dam, Kenneth W. Max Pam Professor of American and Foreign Law, The University of Chicago Law School.

GR. David, George A. Chairman of the Board, Hellenic Bottling Company S.A.

B. Davignon, Etienne. Executive Chairman, Societe Generale de Belgique; Former Vice Chairman of the Commission of the European Communities.

B. Donnea, Francois X. de Former Minister of Defense; Mayor of Brussels; Member of Parliament.

DK. Ellemann-Jensen, Uffe. Chairman, Liberal Party.

TR. Ercel, Gazi. Governor, Central Bank of Turkey.

TR. Erguder, Ustun. Rector, Bosporus University.

CDN. Frum, David. Political Commentator.

USA. Gadiesh, Orit Chairman of the Board, Bain & Company Inc.

P. Galvao Teles, Jose M. Lawyer, Member of the Social Party, Member of the Council of State.

F. Gergorin, Jean-Louis. Member of the Board of Directors, Deputy to the Chairman Strategic Coordination, Matra Hachette.

USA. Gerstner, Jr, Louis V. Chairman, IBM Corporation.

USA. Hamilton, Lee H. Congressman (D, Indiana.)

N. Hoegh, Westye. Chairman of the Board, Leif Hoegh & Co. ASA; Former President, Norwegian Shipowners' Association.

USA. Holbrooke, Richard C. Former Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, Vice chairman, CS First Boston.

GB. Hutton, Will. Editor, The Observer.

B. Huyghebaert, Jan. Chairman, Almanij-Kredietbank Groep.

FIN. Iloniemi, Jaakko. Managing Director, Centre for Finnish Business and Policy Studies; Former Ambassador to the USA.

D. Issing, H.C. Otmar. Member of the Board, Deutsche Bundesbank.

GB. Jacobi, Mary Jo. Head of Group Public Affairs, HSBC Holdings plc; Former US Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

INT. Johnston, Donald J. Secretary-General, OECD.

USA. Jordan, Jr., Vernon E. Senior Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss,

Hauer & Feld, LLP (Attorneys-at-Law.)

USA. Kissinger, Henry A. Former Secretary of State; Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.

NL. Korteweg, Pieter. President and CEO, Robeco Group.

A. Kothbauer, Max. Director of Companies.

GR. Kiranidiotis, Yannos. Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.

F. Levy-Lang, Andre. Chairman of the Board of Management, Banque Paribas.

USA Lewis, William W. Director of McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company.

GB. Mabro, Robert E. Director, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

USA. McDonough, William J. President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

A. Mitterbauer, Peter. Chairman, Miba AG

F. Montbrial, Thierry de. Director, French Institute of International Relations; Professor of Economics, Ecole Polytechnique.

CDN. Munroe-Blum, Heather. Vice-President, Research and International Relations, University of Toronto.

N. Myklebust, Egil. Chief Executive, Norsk Hydro.

D. Nass, Matthias. Managing Editor, Die Zeit.

NL. Netherlands, Her Majesty the Queen of the.

FIN. Niinisto, Sauli V. Minister of Finance.

USA. Nunn, Sam. Former Senator (D, Georgia.)

ICE. Oddsson, David Prime Minister.

PL. Olechowski, Andrzej. Chairman, Central Europe Trust, Poland.

FIN. Ollila, Jorma President and CEO, Nokia Corporation.

USA. Page, Jr., John M. Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region, The World Bank.

USA. Powell, Colin L. Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

CH. Pury, David de. Chairman, de Pury Pictet Turrettini & Co. Ltd.

IRL. Quinn, Lochlann. Chairman, Allied Irish Bank Group.

GB. Robertson, Simon. Former Chairman, Kleinwort Benson Group plc.

USA. Rockefeller, David. Chairman, Chase Manhattan Bank International Advisory Committee.

USA. Rockefeller, Sharon Percy. President and CEO, WETA-TV and FM (PBS.)

E. Rodriguez Inciarte, Matias. Vice Chairman, Banco de Santander.

GB. Rell, Eric. Senior Adviser, SBC Warburg.

I. Rossella, Carlo Editor, Editrice La Stampa S.p.A.

F. Roy, Olivier. University Professor and Researcher, Laboratoire Monde Iranien, CNRS.

CDN. Sabia, Maureen. Corporate Director and President, Maureen Sabia International.

P. Salgado, Ricardo. Espirito Santo President and CEO, Banco Espirito Santo.

D. Schrempp, Jurgen E. Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler-Benz AG.

INT. Schwab, Klaus. President, World Economic Forum.

DK. Seidenfaden, Toger. Editor in Chief, Politiken A/S.

USA. Sheinkman, Jack. Chairman of the Board, Amalgamated Bank.

I. Silvestri, Stefano Vice President, Istituto Affari Internazionali; former Undersecretary of Defence.

USA. Stahl, Lesley R. National Affairs Correspondent, CBS News.

USA. Stephanopoulos, George Visiting Professor, Columbia University, Former Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy.

H. Suryanyi, Gyorgy. President, National Bank of Hungary.

IRL. Sutherland, Peter D. Chairman and Managing Director, Goldman Sachs International; Former Director General, GATT and WTO.

S. Svedberg, Bjorn President and CEO, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken.

TR. Tara, Sinan. Vice President, Enka Construction & Ind. Inc.

GB. Taylor, J. Martin. Chief Executive, Barclays PLC.

GB. Villeneuve, Andre-Francois H. Executive Director, Reuters Group Holdings plc.

USA. Vogel, Ezra F. Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences, Harvard University.

USA. Volcker, Paul A. Chairman, BT Wolfensohn.

A. Vranitzky, Franz. Former Federal Chancellor.

INT. Vries, Gijs M. de Chairman, Liberal Group, European Parliament.

S. Wallenberg, Marcus. Executive Vice President, Investor AB.

USA. Weiss, Stanley A. Chairman, Business Executives for National Security, Inc.

USA. Whitehead, John C. Former Deputy Secretary of State.

INT. Wolfensohn, James D. President, The World Bank.

D. Wolff von Amerongen, Otto. Chairman and CEO of Otto Wolff GmbH.

USA. Wolfowitz, Paul Dean, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies; Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

NL. Wijffels, Herman H.F. Chairman of the Executive Board, Rabobank Nederland.

GB. Yahuda, Michael B. Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics.

USA. Yost, Casimir A. Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington.

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