INTRODUCTION: The United Nations conference on the plight of the least developed nations is reaching its end in Paris, France.
GV F. Frisat, Central African Republic, walks to rostrum, PAN TO audience. (2 SHOTS)
SV Frisat speaks in French.
SV Algerian delegate, Abdelaziz Khelef, speaks in French.
GV CUTAWAy Delegates.
SV Philippines delegate, Pablo Suarez, speaks in English.
SEQ. 6: SUAREZ: "All of us acknowledges the awesome dimensions of the problems that beset the least developed countries. To use the words of the Brandt Commission, these countries tread the slim margin between subsistence and disaster. The human scale of their condition was vividly described to us by His Majesty, the King of Nepal. What is seared in our minds, after hearing other speakers from the least developed countries is that their problems are complex, are inter-related, and are of crisis proportions. Where, then does one begin to assist least developed countries? Obviously the answer will have to come from the least developed countries themselves. The primary responsibility for their development rests with them, and they set their own priorities."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The United Nations conference on the plight of the least developed nations is reaching its end in Paris, France. Deadlock has been reported over the call for increased aid contributions from the richer countries to the poorer ones. The United States, Britain, and West Germany are said to be opposing any increase. As the conference draws to a close, delegates of the Central African Republic, Algeria, and the Philippines have been speaking.
SYNOPSIS: The delegate from the Central African Republic Mr. Frisat came to the rostrum.
He informed the conference that his government would deploy all its efforts to meet the needs of the people and to rescue the economy. But it needed the help of the international community to bring it out of its impasse. This help was necessary, the delegate added, if the Central African Republic was to halt the decline of its national income. Mr. Frisat assured the delegates of his country's firm resolve to co-operate if the world offered its help.
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The two week conference has been attended by more than two thousand delegates from every United Nations country. The high cost of imported oil added to scarce raw material and food resources has compounded the problems of poor states with large foreign debts. Conference sources say that a final effort to reach agreement on a higher level of aid from the West was being made.
Algerian delegate, Abdelaziz Khelef, spoke.
He struck an optimistic note. Even if the strategy for development over the next two decades failed the conference had shown that the serious plight of the less developed states was at least recognised. This alone was cause for hope in his eyes.
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Many of the delegates from the poorest nations have said that they do not want development imposed from outside, but they want to use the aid according to their own needs.
Pablo Suarez, from the Philippines outline the difficulties.