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    UNITED NATIONS

    Australia's Foreign Minister Bill Hayden has strongly defended the current Antarctic Treaty in a speech on October 4 to the United Nations General Assembly.

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    1. GV PAN Delegates in United Nations General Assembly listening to Australian Foreign Minister, Bill Hayden CUTAWAYS of Chines, Soviet and British delegates (6 shots) 1.49
    TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE ONE):
    HAYDEN: "The Antarctic Treaty is a uniquely successful and cooperative international instrument. it is a major disarmament agreement and excludes all military activities, forbids nuclear explosions in Antarctica and prohibits the dumping of nuclear waste. There is a comprehensive system of on-site inspection with observers being guaranteed freedom of access at anytime to all area of Antarctica. the resulting demilitarisation and denuclearisation of the continent to which the two superpowers are parties is of great vale to mankind and of specific value to Australia as a neighbouring continent. The Antarctic regime is also an instrument of conservation and management of resources. I should add that the treaty is not exclusive. Any state may join and 28 nations with diverse economic and politic interests have done so. The most recent adherents to the treaty are India and China. Australia is concerned about the introduction of this matter to the United Nations lest the substantial achievements of this treaty system we put at risk The United Nations was created to solve problems, not to create new ones. The opinions of the Australian Government or to renegotiate parts of the treaty would prove counter-productive and introduce in certainty and possible instability into a region of hitherto unparalleled international harmony."
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    Background: UNITED NATIONS

    Australia's Foreign Minister Bill Hayden has strongly defended the current Antarctic Treaty in a speech on October 4 to the United Nations General Assembly. His speech came in response to a move by Third World nations to bring the huge, southern continent under United Nations control.Antarctica has been administered under an international treaty of the last 25 years. Decisions of scientific exploration, fishing rights and mineral resources are made by the signatories to the treaty. Hayden argued that any nation can become party to the treaty and that the current arrangement had kept politics and disharmony away from Antarctica. Nations which want Antarctica under United Nations control say the treaty is a "rich man's club" of northern, industrialised countries, and they want "a wider international concert" to deal with the area.

    Source: UNITED NATIONS TELEVISION (UNTV)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6C892X10THAKPGAPKJBI4SZAS
    Media URN:
    VLVA6C892X10THAKPGAPKJBI4SZAS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/10/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
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    N/A

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