The third United Nations Law of the Sea conference opened on Monday (15 March), with Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim warning of the importance of the decisions made there.
GV President opening session.
SOUND IN: "The fourth session..."
SOUND OUT: ".. called to order".
SV Netherlands and Icelandic delegates listen as Waldheim speaks
SOUND IN: "Mr. President...."
GV Waldheim continues to speak
SV Indian and United States listening to Waldheim (2 shots)
GV Waldheim continues
SV Japanese delegates listens
SOUND OUT: "...??? thank you Mr President."
PRESIDENT: "The fourth session of the third United Nations conference of the Law of the Sea is called to order".
WALDHEIM: "Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, we must and I'm sure that we do, appreciate the fact that much is at stake. A wide (indistinct) international agreement on this profoundly complex issue, which involves all nations, could have a most significant impact upon international co-operation and agreement in other areas. The harsh realities of the world population over the next 25 years provides us with the need to find and to manage efficiently and equitably the immense resources of the sea. A sense of urgency, that we all share to reach agreement on these physical issues and which have so clearly affected the work of the conference, has altered the world to the potential for dispute and confrontation that lie in a (indistinct) to find acceptable solutions to the issues before you. I'm sure that you meet here today with the determination that you will succeed. I thank you Mr President."
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This film is serviced with English speech by the conference President, Hamilton Amerasinghe and Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. A transcript of these appear below:
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Background: The third United Nations Law of the Sea conference opened on Monday (15 March), with Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim warning of the importance of the decisions made there.
Delegates from more than 150 countries will discuss numerous issues, including the exploitation of marine life and minerals.
Perhaps the most difficult task will be the delicate decisions taken to prevent countries quarrelling among themselves to divide the oceans which form about 70 percent of the earth's surface.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from 15??? countries at the United Nations Law of the Sea conference were warned of the importance of their decisions on Monday. The warning came from the Secretary-General Kurl Waldheim after the conference was officially opened by its President, Ambassador Hamilton Amerasinghe, of Sri Lanka.