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.
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MR VAN DER STOEL: "Mr. President, stability in Europe and in the world is seriously threatened by economic dislocation, by persistent inflation and by the danger of recession and unemployment. The energy crisis and the profound changes in international commodity markets have produced a catalytic effect on the economic development of the industrialised would.
A re-orientation of thinking and policy in our pattern of growth, and on the level and nature of our prosperity is called for. Obviously a redistribution of power and wealth has been set in motion.
However, there is the danger that this development will have a polarizing and antagonising effect on international economic relations in the sense that consuming countries may be forced to embark on alternative sources of raw materials and self-sufficiency. I wish to sound a note of warning with regard to these polarizing tendencies. Any nationalistic raw materials policy, if carried to the extreme, risks to be self-defeating.
The alternative, then is obvious: co-operation on the basis of economic interdependence, as called for in the Declaration and Action Programme of the Sixth Special Session.
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Background: 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: