The United Nations thirty-fourth General Assembly session opened on Tuesday (18 September) with Vietnam challenging the right to the Peking-backed Pol Pot government to continue to represent Kampuchea (Cambodia) in the world organisation.
GV Delegates applauding as Mr. Salim Ahmed Salim walks onto rostrum and being greeted by retiring President Indalecio Leivano and UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim (2 SHOTS)
GV Delegates seated
SV Mr. Salim speaking in English
GV New delegation from St. Lucia led by Deputy Premier George Odlum taking their seats (2 SHOTS)
GV Delegates seated
SV Mr. Odlum speaking in English
SALIM: "Despite detente and the spirit of rapprochement among the great powers, the world is still living in a very fragile peace. For while the international atmosphere has certainly improved as a result of the reduction of tension among the major powers, the danger of a nuclear war has not been eliminated. For some time now the final objective of the efforts of all states has been general and complete disarmament under effective international control while the immediate goal is to eliminate the danger of nuclear war, to halt and reverse the arms race and to clear the path towards lasting peace. The relaxation of international tension through detente and peaceful coexistence has contributed greatly towards this process and also towards the initiation of other negotiations. Today the military reduction of forces in Europe, the conference on European Security and Co-operation and the implementation of the declaration on the Indian Ocean as a zone of peace and the SALT negotiations are characteristic of the attempts to establish a new era of peace."
ODLUM" "Mr. President, I and my delegation wish to express the profound sorrow of my country on the news of the death of the distinguished revolutionary leader of the Angolan people Agostinho Neto. This marked the passing away of one of the true national sons of the Third World."
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Background: The United Nations thirty-fourth General Assembly session opened on Tuesday (18 September) with Vietnam challenging the right to the Peking-backed Pol Pot government to continue to represent Kampuchea (Cambodia) in the world organisation. Vietnam and the Soviet Union have repeatedly called for recognition of the Heng Samrin government which gained control of Kampuchea earlier this year. The Assembly's newly elected President, Ambassador salim Ahmed Salim of Tanzania immediately requested the nine-member Credentials committee to take up the issue.
SYNOPSIS: Thirty-seven year old Mr. Salim is the youngest President the Assembly has ever had. He came to the United Nations as Tanzania's ambassador in 1970. Retiring President Indalecio Leivano and UN Secretary Kurt Waldheim have Mr. Salim a warm welcome as he took the rostrum for his opening address.
A new member state Saint Lucia also joined the United Nations on Tuesday (18 September) bringing the number of countries represented to 151. Saint Lucia's Deputy Premier, George Odlum, addressed the Assembly and paid tribute to the late Angolan leader Agostinho Neto.