Rumanian President Nicolae Ceaucescu has called on developed countries to reduce their military budgets and to spend more money in aiding the developing world instead.
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SV Cameroun President Ahmadou Ahidjo arriving and shakes hands with Rumanian President Nicolae Ceaucescu.
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Background: Rumanian President Nicolae Ceaucescu has called on developed countries to reduce their military budgets and to spend more money in aiding the developing world instead. Mr. Ceaucescu was speaking at a dinner given in honour of the visiting President of Cameroun, Mr. Ahmadou Ahidjo on Thursday (28 August).
SYNOPSIS: The President of Cameroun arrived in Rumania last Wednesday (27 August) and was immediately received by President Nicolae Ceaucescu. Mr. Ahidjo is in Rumania to discuss co-operation in the field of mining, natural gas, the exploitation of oil, agriculture and forestry. The Cameroun has considerable natural resources, but, like many developing countries, lacks the expertise and finance to exploit them.
At the dinner given in Bucharest on Thursday (28 August) night, Mr. Ceaucescu said the problems of underdevelopment required radical changes in international economic relations and he suggested that military budgets be reduced and the funds used for economic and social development. For his part the Cameroun President said the only just wars were against drought, floods, racial, economic and social injustice.
Mr. Ahidjo has also been critical of the protectionist measures imposed by industrialised countries. Earlier this year during the North-south trade talk between the developed nations and the could only yield positive results if the rich countries gave a just remuneration for the raw materials produced by developing countries.