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    Vanezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez opened the United Nations Law of the Sea conference in Caracas on Thursday (June 20) with an appeal that all nations, with or without coastlines, must be able to benefit usefully and sufficiently from the resources of the sea.

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    Vanezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez opened the United Nations Law of the Sea conference in Caracas on Thursday (June 20) with an appeal that all nations, with or without coastlines, must be able to benefit usefully and sufficiently from the resources of the sea.

    President Perez told delegates from 149 countries there must be no attempts by powerful nations to grab more than their fair share of the ocean's riches.

    "The conference of the Law of the Sea constitutes a pledge to the sincerity and future intentions of the big nations", added the Venezuelan leader.

    The 10 week session, which will among other thins, discuss the future ownership and control of a large part of the world's wealth, has been called the most important assembly since the United Nations charter was agreed in 1945.

    Beneath the earth's oceans are vast reserves of gold, oil, manganese, nickel, copper and cobalt, Now that the technology exists to extract these resoruces the need for an agreement on a set of rules that all nations can live by, takes on a new urgency.

    What the delegates will decide in Caracas is whether the oceans will be part of a new area of co-operation and development, or whether the oceans will instead be an increasing source of conflict among nations.

    As President Perez put it on Thursday (June 20) "The sea must serve a process of humanisation, of distribution of goods and natural resoruces for all men, and not a fraudulent and individualists accumulative process either by nations, Governments, consortia or those in control of technology".

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    Film ID:
    VLVAETJZRSZRYFHJQBWLUSQJYNGVB
    Media URN:
    VLVAETJZRSZRYFHJQBWLUSQJYNGVB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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