Dutch Foreign Minister Max Van Der Stoel warned delegates at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (2 October) that the pursuit of nationalistic raw materials policies could be self-defeating.
Dutch Foreign Minister Max Van Der Stoel warned delegates at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (2 October) that the pursuit of nationalistic raw materials policies could be self-defeating. He referred to the energy crisis and changes in world commodity markets in relation to their effects on economic development of the industrialised world-and called for a unified programme of economic growth.
Earlier in his speech, the Dutch Minister spoke of his government's concern for the safeguarding of fundamental human rights. He mentioned specifically South Africa, the disputed territory of Namibia (South West Africa), Rhodesia and Chile. He went on to inform the General Assembly that the Dutch delegation would be introducing proposals aimed at protecting the rights of prisoners and eliminating all forms of discrimination based on religion or belief.
Mr. Van Der Stoel also spoke about the arms race and the spread of nuclear weapons which he called a grave threat to the safety and stability of the world community.
On the Cyprus crisis, Mr. Van Der Stoel urged that international action should be taken as quickly as possible to restore the country's economy. He told the General Assembly that the Netherlands had decided to make a voluntary contribution of 250,000 dollars (GBP104,000 sterling) towards the upkeep of the United Nations peace-keeping force on the island.
This film includes a speech in English by Mr. Van Der Stoel. A transcript appears below: