INTRODUCTION: The United Nations, meeting on Tuesday (6th October) for the firs time since the assassination of President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, paid tribute to him.
Sv President of UN Ismat Kittani speaking in English. Delegates stand for one minute's silence. (3 SHOTS)
SV Representatives stand in tribute. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim reads tribute.
Sv Israeli representative Yehuda Blum speaks in English.
Sv Singaporean representative Tommy Koh speaks in English.
KITTANI: "On behalf of the General Assembly I should like to extend to his family and to the government and people of the Republic of Egypt our profound condolences and in keeping with past traditions, I invite the representatives to stand and observe one minute of silence in tribute to his memory."
WALDHEIM: "His passing marks the loss of a leader of vision and forwardness. None would deny the courage of his convictions, his historical role and his dedication to his country. In the past year, we have witnessed an appalling record of assassinations, attempted assassinations and violence against leaders throughout the world. Today's events should serve to remind all of us that violence and hatred are not acceptable solutions to political problems, and that we must take a renewed effort to bind up the holes and to resolve differences by peaceful means."
BLUM: "This is a sad day for all of civilised mankind. It is a day of shock, tragedy and bereavement. The enemies of peace have removed from the scene a great and courageous man, a proud Arab and Egyptian, an inspired leader of world calibre and a valiant champion of peace.
KOH: "Whatever may be one's view of his policy in action, one has to agree that Anwar Sadat was one of the most remarkable statesmen of our age. He was valiant in war as in peace. A man does not show his courage in the pursuit of a popular cause, that requires no courage. A man shows his courage when he, like Anwar Sadat, pursues an unpopular cause, believing that his cause is right but knowing that others, including his friends, will desert him, will abuse and condemn him."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The United Nations, meeting on Tuesday (6th October) for the firs time since the assassination of President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, paid tribute to him. The start of the Assembly's afternoon session was delayed for more than one hour while delegates debated on how to proceed. Then, the UN President, Ismat Kittani spoke in tribute to the dead leader.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from all over the world stood at the President's request and the one minutes' silence was observed. Conspicuous among the empty seats at the Assembly were those normally occupied by the Libyan delegation.