The United State secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, in his first speech to the?
The United State secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, in his first speech to the United Nations, on Monday (24 September), proposed a world conference next year to consider how to maintain adequate food supplies. Dr. Kissinger was addressing the United Nations General Assembly on the first day of its annual debate on world affairs, He said the Assembly must give urgent attention to a growing threat to the world's food supply. Dr. Kissinger said the world faced the prospect that, even with bumper crops, it might not be able to rebuild its seriously depleted reserves in the next ten years. He said the United States proposed that nations able to do so, offer technical assistance in the conservation of food. The United States, he said, was ready to join with others in providing such assistance.
It was Dr. Kissinger's first major address since his induction as Secretary of State on Saturday (22 September). He pledged his country's readiness to give the Security Council " a more central role in the conduct of peace keeping operations." He said the world body had been unable to mount major peace keeping operations because of a dispute over their direction between the Soviet side and the West. The time had come to agree on guidelines so the U.N. could act swiftly and affectively in future crises. He called for the entry of North and South Korea to the U.N., and supported permanent membership of Japan in the security Council.
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