British Prime Minister Edward Heath, in his first ever speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations, on Friday (October 23) defined the challenges facing the 25-year-old peace keeping organisation.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: HEATH: "I speak today for a newly elected British Government committed to vigorous policies in the interests of security and prosperity of the British people. I make no apology for defining so plainly our objectives before this Assembly, for I am satisfied that the policies that we propose are fully in accord with our commitment under the Charter, and our record as a member or this organisation, We are determined to work for peace and for harmony between peoples, because it is only in these conditions that Britain, as part of the international community, can prosper. Debates in this forum, if we can conduct them with more realism and sincerity, may lead to more disputes being settled by peaceful means. But this, in itself, will still not be enough. As our second task we must make the role of the United Nations as a peace keeper mean what it says".
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Background: British Prime Minister Edward Heath, in his first ever speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations, on Friday (October 23) defined the challenges facing the 25-year-old peace keeping organisation.
Mr. Heath, who was greeted on his arrival at the U.N. building by Secretary General U Thant, made his first major policy speech overseas since becoming Prime Minister last June.
He outlined the basic tenets of British Foreign Policy and revealed how his thinking on how the U.N.'s major tasks of peace-keeping and economic and technical aid to developing nations can be met.
The Prime Minister addressing the 127-nation General Assembly said: