Speaking in the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday (9 October), Mr Corneliu Manescu, the Rumanian Foreign Minister, touched on a variety of topics -- mostly concerned with current international controversies.
Speaking in the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday (9 October), Mr Corneliu Manescu, the Rumanian Foreign Minister, touched on a variety of topics -- mostly concerned with current international controversies. He particularly pointed out the increasing participation in world affairs of small and medium size countries.
Calling for an end to the war in Indo-China, he said the United States should withdraw to allow the Vietnamese, as well as the Cambodian and Laotian peoples to settle their own affairs. The Minister supported the 11 September 1972 declaration by the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam.
Dealing with the Middle East, Minister Manescu supported the UN Security Council resolution calling for Israel to withdraw from the occupied Arab territories. He praised the way in which North and South Korea were striving for unity, without outside interference, and asked the UN to support their initiative.
In Europe a new definition of obligations of states is needed, he said, calling for a conference on co-operation and security in Europe. The Minister added that it would also be useful to have a meeting of Balkan states to discuss transforming the Balkans into an area of peace and co-operation, including economic, political and scientific co-operation.
SYNOPSIS: In the United Nations in New York, the secretary-general and delegates have once more heard a Foreign Minister declare his country's opposition to the Vietnam war. This time it was Corneliu Manescu, of Rumania.
He said the Rumanian Government supported the declaration made on September 11 this year by the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Vietnam. This document had also been widely supported by the North Vietnamese government. It represented a new, constructive initiative aiming at the political settlement of the Vietnamese problem, within the framework of the Paris talks, he said. The Minister added that the Romanian Government also equally supported the initiatives of the Royal Government of National Unity of Cambodia, and those of the Patriotic Front for Laos.
Mr Manescu also dealt with matters more closely affecting Rumania, and called for a settlement of some European problems.
He said it was the view of the Rumanian Government that European security required the setting-up of a clear system of obligations by all states, and of concrete measures aimed at ruling out any act of force -- or threat of force, pressure or constraint in the relations among states in Europe. Such a system had to guarantee the free and independent development of all countries, according to the will of their peoples, as well as a wide co-operation devoid of any barriers, on the basis of international law. It was with those aims in mind he said that the adequate preparation and the convening. as soon as possible, of e Conference on Co-operation and Security in Europe should be undertaken.