The present two-week special debate at the United Nations General Assembly on international development looks like it might and in deadlock.
GV INTERIOR General Assembly.
SV Deputy permanent representative of Cyprus, Michael Sherifis speaking to Assembly in English.
SV Seated delegates.
SV Minister of State for Nigeria, the Honourable Chief Patrick O. Bolokor speaking in English.
SHERIFIS:"Mr. President, prospects for the future are alarming. Increased global uncertainties have reduced expectations of economic growth. We have, therefore, to set a clear priority for our goal to solve these dangerous and serious problems. All countries must be able to participate fully in the world economy, in a way which assists genuine development. This will only come about, in the long run, in an economic environment which enables all countries to achieve self-sustaining growth. Mr. President, the significance of the aims and scope of the new international economic order, must be fully understood and comprehended, not only by governments but by peoples as well, who can by now realise, that current economic relations, are too little to promote meaningful socio-economic progress, and fruitful co-operation among nations and peoples."
BOCOKOR:"Above all, emphasis and recognition should be given to the significant role that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries has played in the implementations of the programme of action of a new international economic order, in particular in promoting effective economic co-operation with the other developing countries, within the framework of economic co-operation among developing countries. The flow of assistance from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries to other developing countries is on the average far greater than the two percent of their gross national product, as compared to the performance of industrialised countries in the area of official development assistance."
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The present two-week special debate at the United Nations General Assembly on international development looks like it might and in deadlock. The aim of the session is to prepare the way for a new international economic strategy for 1980. But the debate has already exposed clear divisions in the views of member countries on how this can be achieved. Amidst accusations that the rich countries are not giving enough to help developing countries, members of the Organisation of Oil Producing Countries (OPEC) have defended their current aid policies. But representatives of some of the assembly's less wealthy members say they're far from satisfied.
SYNOPSIS: The representative from Cyprus, Michael Sherifis said poorer countries must have a chance for genuine development.
Nigerian Minister of State, Chief Patrick Bolokor defended the record of OPEC countries.