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    INTRODUCTION: United States President Jimmy Carter made his first speech, as President, to the United Nations on Thursday night (17 March).

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    GV President Jimmy Carter and Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim on to stage and welcomed by delegates (7 shots)

    SV Carter speaking (5 shots)

    GV & SV Delegates applauding (3 shots)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: CARTER: "The arms race in now embedded in the fabric of international affairs and can only be contained with the greatest difficulty. Poverty, inequality are of such monumental scope that it will take decades of deliberate and determined effort, even to improve the situation substantially. I stress these dangers and difficulties, because I want all of us to dedicate ourselves to a prolonged and persistent effort, designed first, to maintain peace and to reduce the arms race, second to build a better and a more co-operative international economic system, and third, to work with potential adversaries as well as our close friends, to advance the cause of human rights. The search for peace and justice, also means respect for human dignity. All the signatories of the U.N. charter have pledged themselves to observe and to respect basic human rights. Thus, no member of the United Nations can complain that mistreatment of its citizens is solely its own business. Equally no member can avoid its responsibilities to review and to speak when torture of unwarranted deprivation occurs in any part of the world. In Southern Africa, we will work to help attain majority rule through peaceful means. We believe that such fundamental transformation can be achieved to the advantage of both the blacks and whites who live in that region of the world. Anything less than that may bring a protracted racial war with devastating consequences to all. This week, the government of the United States took action to bring our country into full compliance with United Nations sanctions against the illegal regime in Rhodesia, and I'll sign that bill Friday, in Washington."

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    Background: 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.

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