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    The United Nations' 30th General Assembly opened a 13-week session on Tuesday (16 September) by electing Luxembourg Premier, Gaston Thorn, as its new President.

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    The United Nations' 30th General Assembly opened a 13-week session on Tuesday (16 September) by electing Luxembourg Premier, Gaston Thorn, as its new President.

    It also admitted three former Portuguese territories -- Mozambique, Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe -- to membership bringing the number of countries represented to 141.

    Mr. Thorn, 41, succeeded Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Bouteflika as the U.N.'s highest officers. He is the first Premier ever to hold the post.

    Mr. Thorn was the nominee of the Western European Group, whose turn it is to have the Presidency, and he received 135 votes in the secret ballot. He was unopposed, but Saudi Arabian Ambassador, Jamil Baroody and Mauritius Ambassador Radha Ramphul each received a single vote.

    In his inauguration speech, the new President said any solution to the Middle-East problem must be based on respect for both the rights of Palestinians and all states in the region.

    He said the solution could be built only if the right of all states to live in peace within secure and recognised borders was adhered to.

    He also commented in the situation in South Africa, stating that it was essential that the U.N. vigorously pursue its activities "with a view to ensuring that in Southern Africa the fundamental rights of human beings and peoples are finally guaranteed."
    The South African delegation was ejected by the Assembly during its 29th session and did not appear during the opening of the new session.

    Outgoing President Bouteflika made reference to the growing differences being industrialised and underdeveloped nations in his final speech.

    He said the big confrontation of the moment was between "poor and rich nations."
    "The East-West division, which has characterised the world for so long throughout the cold war, has now been replaced, unfortunately, by a north-south division between the prosperous nations and the underdeveloped ones, "he said.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC8DOIYKYC1BZVN6L0MGV5HV08
    Media URN:
    VLVAC8DOIYKYC1BZVN6L0MGV5HV08
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
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    N/A

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