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    INTRODUCTION: The United States' forthcoming ambassador to the United Nations, Senator Andrew Young, has officially met U.

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    SV EXTERIOR U.S. Senator and Mrs. Young arrive and enter. U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim's house in New York, USA.

    SV AND CU PAN INTERIOR Young and wife seated talking to Waldheim.

    SV EXTERIOR Waldheim speaking to newsmen.

    SCU Young speaking to newsmen.

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL DR. KURT WALDHEIM: "We discussed, of course, the international situation and special problems of the United Nations, covering specifically my forthcoming visit to the Middle East; the situation in southern Africa; the problem of Cyprus; and the new economic order. Mr. Young has expressed great understanding of all these problems and I was very much impressed by his readiness to help us in solving these problems."

    REPORTER (TO U.S. AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE TO U.N., ANDREW YOUNG): "You said on television that U.S. policy towards southern Africa changed when Jimmy Carter won the elections. Could you say how it changed?"

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: YOUNG: "Well, I think it changed a little before that I think that Secretary Kissinger began the change in U.S. policy toward Africa with a Lusaka speech last year. I think Jimmy Carter brings -- coming out of the south of the United States, an area that itself has been trouble for many, many years with racial turbulence -- a better understanding of race problems than probably any other president we've ever had. I mean, his whole wife has been a struggle with the problem of bringing people together who come from different racial and cultural backgrounds, and he is pledged to using whatever assistance we can to make possible a peaceful transition to a multi-racial society in southern Africa."

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: The United States' forthcoming ambassador to the United Nations, Senator Andrew Young, has officially met U.N. Secretary-General Dr. Kurt Waldheim -- and talked about policy changes towards southern Africa. The United States has already been changing it policy towards the region, he said, and Mr. Jimmy Carter, as incoming president, would bring with him considerable experience in racial affairs.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Young, himself a black man, said he would prefer to begin his work at the United Nations by establishing relationships with European nations, Japan and the Soviet Union, but probably would not have that choice. "I'm afraid I don't have the luxury of setting the timetable myself," he said. "Southern Africa is going to set it for me." Mr. Young also revealed that he's called on U.S. businesses to persuade the South African government to improve its relations with blacks. But he did not believe in the withdrawal of American firms from the country, he said. After their meeting Dr. Waldheim and Mr. Young spoke to reporters about it.

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