Paul-Henri Spaak, Foreign Minister of Belgium, made a passionate appeal in the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (8 October), urging a world-wide drive for peace.
Spaak speaking (SOF with English translation).
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Background: Paul-Henri Spaak, Foreign Minister of Belgium, made a passionate appeal in the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (8 October), urging a world-wide drive for peace.He called for determined efforts to strengthen the current spirit of international understanding.
Mr.Spaak said it would be "terrible and unforgivable" to discourage Premier Khrushchev in the Soviet leader's role as "the apostle of peaceful coexistence".It would be a sign of weakness and wavering, said Spaak, if the rest failed to accept Krushchev's challenge for peaceful competition.He derided "skeptics" who ignored mankind's hope for peace and progress.
Describing Soviet policy, Spaak defined "peaceful co-existence" as a competition based on example and persuasion that renounced the use of force.In the current East-West detente, Spaak said there is a chance today to "unite the nations of the world in the ideals of justice, understanding and brotherhood".
Prolonged applause resounded through the General Assembly as the Belgian statesman ended his speech.Observers reported that the Assembly seemed profoundly stirred.