In his major opening address at the Organisation of American States in Costa Rica on Wednesday, (14 April) United Nations Secretary General U That called for regular summit meetings of nuclear powers--including the People's Republic of China.
WS Teatro Nacional in San Jose, site of OAS Gen.Assembly meetings.
MS Costa Rica President Jose Figueres arriving
MV INT Teatro as Figueres enters, delegates, delegates stand and applaud
WS Rostrum, Figueres seated in middle, Sec.Gen. of OAS, Galo Plaza to his left; UN Sec.Gen. U Than to his immediate right, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Gonzalo Facio & Costa Rican Ambassador to the OAS also at rostrum
CU President Figueres speaking
MCU Foreign Ministers of Argentina (Luis Maria de Pablo Pardo), Jamaica (Neville Gilmore), Brazil's OAS Ambassador, George Alvares Maciel, & Chilean Foreign Minister Clodomiro Almeyda.
MV Figueres speaks PAN TO U Thant
PAN Delegates applaud
MV U.S. Secretary of State william Rogers
WS Delegates and press, spectators
MS U Thant speaking
MV Delegates applaud
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Background: In his major opening address at the Organisation of American States in Costa Rica on Wednesday, (14 April) United Nations Secretary General U That called for regular summit meetings of nuclear powers--including the People's Republic of China. He also said that it was time to admit China, West and East Germany, North and South Korea, and North and South Vietnam to the World Body.
U Thant's remarks about China were understood to be related to current moves to broaden contacts between Peking and Washington. He called for a great power summit meeting, to include Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, "to initiate a change from confrontation and division to the building of a safe and peaceful world."
At the United Nations in New York, where a text of U That's speech was issued in three languages, many officials believe there is at least an outside chance that the People's Republic of China may be admitted to the World Organisation during the General Assembly Session which opens in September; and if not then, certainly during 1972.
SYNOPSIS: The Organisation of American States has opened in San Jose, Puerto Rico with representatives from North Central and South American countries attending.
Among the dignitaries at the first day were; President Figueres f Costa Rica (in the middle) and O.A.S Secretary General Galo Plaza on his left. the meeting is at Ministerial level with Foreign Ministers from Ambassadors representing their nations.
The O.A.S. meeting is one of the most crucial the Organisation has held. It comes at a vital time for the nations. South American states are in a state of change. A Marxist elected Government in Chile and increasing action by guerrilla groups underline the increasing changes the continent is undergoing.
One of the major issues at the conference will be the wide gap between those nations with modern weapons and those with to of date World War Two armaments. The conference will attempt to reach agreement on an arms halt to allow the scale of arms in all nations to level out.