U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has urged Asia Pacific nations to unite to open blockages of free trade and to counter the threats of terrorism and bird flu.
Ms. Rice told trade and foreign ministers of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on Wednesday in Busan, South Korea that the region can become a model of what she called "effective multilateral action."
She said the threat of terrorism is very real and that partnerships in the region are necessary to stamp it out.
Tuesday, trade ministers from APEC's member countries called for a compromise in global trade talks, new anti-terrorism measures and an initiative to fight bird flu.
The statement will be handed over to APEC leaders for their annual summit in Busan, South Korea later this week.