The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Doctor Kurt Waldheim, has said that any foreign intervention from whatever source was detrimental to the future of Angola and should be stopped immediately.
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WALDHEIM: "There can be no doubt in my mind that any foreign intervention from whatever side and source it comes is detrimental to the fate and future of Angola and it should be stopped immediately. And only on this basis I see a chance that national unity will be achieved."
REPORTER: "Mr. Secretary-General, in 1969 U Thant said that the member states of the UN had about ten years left to curb the arms race. We're three years away from that deadline. What progress do you think the UN has made?"
WALDHEIM: "I would not be honest if I were to say that I'm optimistic in this regard. The arms race is continuing. There's also another aspect, a very dangerous aspect .. the sales of arms. I mentioned this in the introduction to my annual report as I did express my concern over the continuing arms race. So I recognise of course that efforts undertaken by the United Nations or other bodies on a bilateral basis or regional basis ... nuclear free zones, etcetera, but I think we have to be sincere. We have to recognise the fact that we are still far away from a real disarmament.
But this doesn't mean, ladies and gentlemen, that we should give up. On the contrary we should continue to make every effort to reduce armament and the arms race, because if that goes on the way it does now, I see grave danger for the future of mankind."
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Background: The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Doctor Kurt Waldheim, has said that any foreign intervention from whatever source was detrimental to the future of Angola and should be stopped immediately.
Speaking at a news conference on Friday (9 January), Doctor Waldheim said he would not exclude initiatives by certain Governments to solve the Angola crisis, but it would be detrimental to discuss other approaches while the Organisation of African Unity, meeting in Addis Ababa, was dealing with the problem.
On the question of the arms race, Doctor Waldheim expressed pessimism. He was concerned about the increased sales of arms. He said that in spite of efforts by several organisations, the world was still far away from complete disarmament.
But he said the world must continue to work to that end. "If it goes on the way it does now, I see grave danger for the future of mankind," he said.
SYNOPSIS: The United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, has said he expects that a growing tendency to recognise the political status of the Palestinians would be one of the main aspect of next week's Security Council debate on the Middle East. He said Israel's refusal to take part was not helpful.
Doctor Waldheim made these remarks at a news conference on Friday. He also talked about the war in Angola.