At the United Nations General Assembly, a wide ranging debate continued on Tuesday (3 October).?
GV Senegalese Foreign Minister Mr. Moustapha Niasse speaking in French
GV & SV Senegalese delegate continuing to speak (2 shots)
SV Afghanistan Minister of Education Dr. Abdur Rashid Jalili speaking in English (2 shots)
JALILI: "Mr. President, another matter which the delegation of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan regards as inseparably linked to the international economic order is the plight of the least-developed land-locked countries which deserve special care and attention. the extremely high cost of transport weighs heavily on their export earnings, and greatly swells the cost to the economy. They are entitled to certain rights which we regard.......as natural, namely the right of free access to and from the sea, including the right of free transit. We hope that when formulating the new international strategy special concentration will be given to the specific problems and requirements of this group of countries and that transit countries will demonstrate the political will to respect and insure those rights."
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Background: At the United Nations General Assembly, a wide ranging debate continued on Tuesday (3 October). The representatives of Senegal and Afghanistan spoke on the position of under-developed countries and their dependence on the world's super powers. The Senegalese Foreign Minister, Mr. Moustapha Niasse, spoke first followed by the Afghanistan Minister of Education, Mr. Abdur Rashid Jalili.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Niasse said the question of intervention was one for the super powers, and what was not to be forgotten was that the super powers were the initiators of the United Nations.
Mr. Niasse said the super powers' moves toward peace were often led astray -- either by selfishness, or narrowness concerning their view of where their security and economic interests lay, or even worse, by their struggle for world influence.
Dr. Jalili of Afghanistan, who spoke next, represents one of the poorest countries in the world.