The special session on disarmament has been continuing at the United Nations, a session that came onto the UN agenda through pressure from Third World nations.
SV Egypt's permanent UN representative Dr. Ahmed Esmat Abdel Meguid, speaking. (Arabic SOT). (2 SHOTS)
SV Israeli representative listening.
SV Tanzanian permanent representative Paul Milayango Rupia speaking. (English SOT). (2 SHOTS)
SV Yemen Arab Republic permanent representative, Mohamed Abdulhaziz Sallam, speaking. (Arabic SOT). (2 SHOTS)
SV Syrian permanent representative, Dia-Allah el-Fattal speaking. (Arabic SOT).
TRANSCRIPT: RUPIA: (SEQ 3) "I know there are those who will say that general and complete disarmament, with specific time-frames and stages, is unattainable. They will contend that we are being myopic and unrealistic, but we shall not be distracted by this, because we have heard all this before. When we called and worked for decolonisation, a generation ago, we were labelled unrealistic. If we had been discouraged, where would most of us sitting in this assembly be if we listen to those who say that the demand for restructuring the economic system and establishment of a new order is impossible, shall we not be condemning millions of perpetual poverty?"
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Background: The special session on disarmament has been continuing at the United Nations, a session that came onto the UN agenda through pressure from Third World nations. Egypt's permanent representative Dr. Ahmed Esmat Abdel Meguid, said on June 21 the Middle East had to be made a nuclear-free zone so that tensions in the region could be eased. He hoped Israel would follow Egypt's example and ratify a non-proliferation treaty. Tanzania's permanent representative, Mr. Paul Milyango Rupia, said the same day that those who wanted complete disarmament should not be distracted by those who contended this aim was unrealistic. The Yemen Arab Republic's permanent representative. Mr. Mohamed Abdulhaziz Sallam, said the superpowers had the responsibility to preserve peace throughout the world. There was, however, a need for a radical change in their external policies, he said. Syria's permanent representative, Mr. Dia-Allah el-Fattal, pointed out that Israel had refused to sign a non-proliferation treaty. His country considered that Israel's nuclear knowledge was threatening the daily life of Arabs in the region.