INTRODUCTION: United States President Jimmy Carter made his first speech, as President, to the United Nations on Thursday night (17 March).
INTRODUCTION: United States President Jimmy Carter made his first speech, as President, to the United Nations on Thursday night (17 March). In a wide-ranging statement of his new administration's policy, delivered to delegates from more than 150 nations in the vast U.N. General Assembly hall, he said the issue was important in itself and should not block progress on other matters affecting world progress.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Carter's outspoken emphasis on human rights since he took office, and his naming of the Soviet Union as a violator, has raised fears in some quarters of a setback to east-west detente. In his address on Thursday he criticised no country by name, but it was a matter of concern to all when widespread human rights violations took place, he said.
There was more applause when Mr. Carter said he would seek Congressional support for the ratification of U.N. covenants on civil and political rights.