* Klaus opposes calls for increased UN role in economics
* Says more regulation is wrong way out of crisis
By Louis Charbonneau
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 Czech President Vaclav
Klaus on Saturday criticized U.N. calls for increased "global
governance" of the world's economy, saying the world body
should leave that role to national governments.
The solution to dealing with the global economic crisis,
Klaus told the U.N. General Assembly, did not lie in "creating
new governmental and supranational agencies, or in aiming at
global governance of the world economy."
"On the contrary, this is the time for international
organizations, including the United Nations, to reduce their
expenditures, make their administrations thinner, and leave the
solutions to the governments of member states," he said.
Klaus appeared to be responding to the address of the Swiss
president of the General Assembly, Joseph Deiss, who said on
Thursday at the opening of the annual gathering of world
leaders in New York that it was time for the United Nations to
"comprehensively fulfill its global governance role."
Deiss suggested the world body should get more involved in
economic and financial issues and not leave them solely in the
hands of forums like the Group of 20 club of key developed and
Klaus, a free-market economist who oversaw a wave of
privatization in the 1990s after communism collapsed in his
homeland, also said the world was "moving in the wrong
direction" in combating the economic crisis.
"The anti-crisis measures that have been proposed and
already partly implemented follow from the assumption that the
crisis was a failure of markets and that the right way out is
more regulation of markets," he said.
Klaus said that was a "mistaken assumption" and it was
impossible to prevent future crises through regulatory
interventions and similar actions by governments.
That will only "destroy the markets and together with them
the chances for economic growth and prosperity in both
developed and developing countries," he said.
The Czech president, a vocal skeptic of global warming,
said the United Nations should also keep out of science,
including climate change. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
has made fighting climate change one of his top priorities.
(Editing by Paul Simao)