The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) heard the Cuban Minister for Foreign Trade, Senor Marcelo Fernandez, denounce the United States Secretary of State, Dr.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) heard the Cuban Minister for Foreign Trade, Senor Marcelo Fernandez, denounce the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, on Tuesday (11 May). Senor Fernandez accused Dr. Kissinger of evading fundamental issues in his opening speech to the conference in Kenya.
The Japanese representative, Mr. Toshio Kimura, reflected the growing concern of developed countries over the supply and price of raw materials from developing nations. This has been a growing theme from the industrialised countries during the meeting in Nairobi.
However, the Cuban delegate, Senor Fernandez, drew the most attention with his speech attacking Dr. Kissinger. He accused the American Secretary of State of pomposity and veiled threats in his address to the conference. Senor Fernandez said that after making his speech, Dr. Kissinger had left the conference and "abandoned the country". The Cuban representative said that Dr. Kissinger should have remained for the "required confrontation and discussion".
In his speech to the opening session, Dr. Kissinger said that an international code between suppliers and users of raw materials would mitigate some of the political damage to relations between countries, when restrictions were imposed on exports.
The Japanese delegate, Mr. Kimura also called for close co-operation between exporter and importer countries on the question of raw materials.