UNITED NATIONS The UN General Assembly will meet early next week to consider postponing a high-level gathering which seeks to assess the economic crisis which has devastated the world economy and search for solutions taking all nations' interests into account, it was announced Friday night. An Assembly plenary on Tuesday will deliberate on whether to push back the United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, originally slated to be held from 1-3 June, to 24-26 June, according to a statement issued by the 192-member Assembly's President, Miguel d'Escoto's spokesperson. Delegates have expressed concern that they require more time to negotiate the draft outcome document that is to be adopted by world leaders, the statement noted, adding that D'Escoto, an outspoken leader, has consulted with all major regional groups in recent days on the meeting's possible three-week deferral. The Assembly met Friday evening, but failed to reach a consensus on the postponement. The issues are complex, but I am confident that we will negotiate a strong outcome document that will address the needs and concerns of the developing countries as well as the industrialized countries, D'Escoto said. We share the determination to address the urgent needs that this economic crisis has generated worldwide. The UN summit will take place two months after the London summit of the Group of 20 - the 19 countries and the European Union which together account for 85 per cent of the global economy. At the G20 meeting, the leading industrial and developing economic powers promised US$1.1 trillion in lending to less-well-off countries and major efforts to clean up banks' tattered balance sheets and get credit flowing again, shut down global tax havens and tighten regulation over hedge funds and other financial high-flyers in the United States and elsewhere. Some delegate were also wondering whether the views of the assembly president were a problem for some countries. The first draft of the final document for the UN summit was considered too leftist by a group of countries and a new draft was released Wednesday. When D'Escoto announced the summit in April, he said it would ensure all countries - not just the 20 major economic powers - "have an opportunity to participate equally and fully in the common search for solutions that meet the concerns and needs of all countries, large and small." D'escoto, a Roman Catholic priest with openly leftist views, has been critical of the United States and of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. He was quoted in an Israeli newspaper in November as saying the international community should consider a boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel similar to those used against South Africa decades earlier.