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    Many of the delegates speaking in the United Nations general debate have been concerned about issues connected with the search for solutions in Southern Africa.

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    GV Speakers seated inside United Nations General Assembly

    SV Finland's Foreign Minister Paavo Vayrynen speaking in English

    SV Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Maria Malfatti speaking in French

    SV Liberian President Dr. William Tolbert speaking in English

    VAYRYNEN: "In finland assessments to changing conditions in the international economy through structural changes in production remains an essential element of our economic tradition based on a market economy. Against this background my government approaches with an open mind the new situation in which our relationships with the economies of the developing world occupy an increasingly important place. yet efforts by individual governments are of little avail unless a degree of unity exists among the nations of the world on the general direction and purpose of structural change. We look to the negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations system to provide the international community with such guidance."

    TOLBERT: "The wretched of the earth can achieve true economic and social progress. The establishment of the new international economic order is essential if the have-nots of this wolf are to have their just share of the immense endowment that a bounteous god has intended for distribution throughout the earth. Accordingly the Organisation of African Unity shall work even more vigorously in concert with the non-aligned group and other regional organisation towards the implementation of the programme of action for the establishment of a more just and more equitable world society."

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    Background: Many of the delegates speaking in the United Nations general debate have been concerned about issues connected with the search for solutions in Southern Africa. But other high priority concerns expressed by speakers centre on the economic difficulties being experience by the developing world. Several delegates have spoken of the need for a new world economic order.

    SYNOPSIS: Many of the delegates agree there should be structural changes in world economics. Among them were Finland's Foreign Minister Mr. Paavo Vayrynen.

    Another who concentrated his speech on world economics was Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Maria Malfatti. He emphasised the economic inter-dependance of the poor and rich nations, and he said economic equality would help bring justice. Economic crisis, he said, was no excuse for not giving economic aid.

    Mr. Malfatti announced that Italy would introduce special measures to help the developing countries. He said Italy would double its aid to developing countries, and cancel the debts owed to Italy by the ten least developed countries. The President of Liberia and chairman of the Organisation of African Unity, Dr. William Tolbert called for a better distribution of wealth.

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