President Salvador Allende of Chile addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Monday (December 4) accusing large international companies of undermining the world's political structure.
President Salvador Allende of Chile addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Monday (December 4) accusing large international companies of undermining the world's political structure. His speech was received with a rare one-minute standing ovation. These enterprises, he said, naming some United States-based organisations like the International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) company and the Kennecott Copper Corporation, were working against the interests of developing countries.
Dr. Allende, the western world's first democratically-elected Marxist leader, addressed the Assembly for ninety minutes. He was in New York on a 26-hour stopover in a trip taking him to Moscow, Paris, Madrid, Algiers and Havana. Before his address to the General Assembly, he conferred with UN Secretary-General Dr. Kurt Waldhaim, It was his first visit to the USA since taking office two years ago.
This film shows part of Dr. Allende's speech to the General Assembly, which was made in Spanish. A written English translation follows below.
SYNOPSIS: President Salvador Allende of Chile, who arrived in New York on Sunday for a twenty-six hour stopover in the United States, spent seven hours at the United Nations on Monday. He was greeted by Dr. Kurt Waldheim, the U.N. Secretary-General, with whom he later conferred. Dr. Allende, who was on his way to Algiers, Moscow, Paris, Madrid and Havana, also addressed the General Assembly - attacking international companies for exploiting developing nations.
In his ninety-minute speech, before the largest audience so far at the current session, Dr. Allende named two United States-based organisation in his criticisms of big-company policies towards developing nations, particularly in Latin America, One of them, the giant International Telephone and Telegraph Company, had submitted a plan for his overthrow to the United States Government, he said.
Dr. Allende, the Western world's first democratically-elected Marxist leader, said the world's political structure was being undermined by great multinational corporations, not accountable to public interest. These enterprises were working against the genuine interests of developing nations, he said, and claimed he had a document showing the ITT's plans for his overthrow - which included strangling Chile's economy, diplomatic sabotage, sowing panic, and creating public disorder.
His speech brought a rare standing ovation of a full minute from the delegates, the majority of them from developing nations. They repeated the ovation when he left the hall.