United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim arrived at Niamey, capital of Niger on Tuesday (February 19th) on the fourth stage of his thirteen-nation African tour.
United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim arrived at Niamey, capital of Niger on Tuesday (February 19th) on the fourth stage of his thirteen-nation African tour. The main purpose of his visit was to see the effects of the drought and famine in the Sehel region and to judge the progress of the aid schemes to combat them.
Dr. Waldheim was greeted at Niamey airport by President Hamani Diori. President Diori said that, although he regretted that Dr. Waldheim could not stay more than 24 hours, he was happy that the representative of the world's major international agency had come to Niger. He knew that this was not just part of a formal tour but a visit which could contribute to the fight against drought and famine. The United Nations has already supplied food and transport for the relief programme.
Dr. Waldheim replied that the main aim of his visit was to see for himself the fight against the catastrophic drought. He said that the drought in the Sahel region was a matter of the deepest concern to the United Nations, but the visit also gave him an opportunity to talk to President Diori about urgent world problems, such as the relationship between the industrialised and the developing countries and the energy crisis.
Dr. Waldheim visited a camp for drought victims at Tchintabaraden in the Tahoua region.
His next stop was at Lagos in Nigeria where he launched an urgent appeal for more funds and more aid to assist the drought-stricken areas.