• Short Summary

    At the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (25 September), the netherlands, Belgium and Poland put forward their views on world peace and detente in the wake of the recent European Security Conference in Helsinki, Finland.

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    At the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (25 September), the netherlands, Belgium and Poland put forward their views on world peace and detente in the wake of the recent European Security Conference in Helsinki, Finland.

    Speaking first -- in English -- Netherlands Foreign Minister, Mr. Max van der Stoel, told delegates that "political detente should be complemented by military detente". He stressed the importance of the continuing talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on the reduction of forces in central Europe, and the dangers of the stockpiling and spread of nuclear weapons.

    Mr. van der Stoel described the European Security Conference as a major step to promote detente in Europe ...provided the ideas put forward by delegates at Helsinki could be translated into actions. The Netherlands, he said, "attaches particular importance to the principles of self-determination and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms".

    Belgian Foreign Minister, Mr. Renaat van Elslande spoke next. He told the General Assembly in French that one of the most frightening aspects of contemporary world relations was the proliferation and refining of nuclear arms. Belgium's defence budget, he said, was less than half that of education ... but on a world scale the vast sums of money devoted to military expenditure -- an estimated 200,000 million U.S. dollars (98, 000 million pounds sterling) -- far outstripped the combined budgets for education and public health.

    Like the Netherlands, Belgium is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) ... and recently entered into an arms deal with the United States to re-equip its air force.

    One concrete result of the helsinki Conference was cited by Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Stefan Olszowski ... his country's further accord with West Germany normalising relations between the two states. Mr. Olszowski described the Conference as establishing a strong foundation for peaceful co-operation and co-existence and increasing possibilities of an all-European system of collective security.

    Part of the belgian Foreign Minister's speech in French appears on film. An alternative commentary is provided overleaf.

    Excerpts from the speeches in English by Mr. van der Stoel and Mr. Olszowski also appears on film. Transcripts follow:

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    Film ID:
    VLVACBSQ960BX2LEV1O66LN6V7L2R
    Media URN:
    VLVACBSQ960BX2LEV1O66LN6V7L2R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:53:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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