Dr. Kurt Waldheim was reappointed to a second five-year term as the United Nations Secretary-General?
GV Waldheim entering General Assembly hall and receiving standing ovation (8 shots)
GV President of the General Assembly welcoming speech
GV Waldheim prepares to make speech
GV Waldheim addressing General Assembly
AMERASINGHE: "Your Excellency, the General Assembly has today appointed you for the second term of office as Secretary-General of the United Nations."
WALDHEIM: "Mr. President, distinguished delegates. I am both honoured and deeply moved by the unanimous decision of the General Assembly to elect me for another term as Secretary-General of this organisation. I now take this occasion to reaffirm my oaths of office. I solemnly swear to exercise in all loyalty discretion and conscience the functions entrusted to me as Secretary-General of United Nations, to discharge these functions and regulate my conduct with the interest of the United Nations only in view, and not to seek or accept instructions in regard to the performance of my duty from any government or other authority external to this organization. Mr. President, distinguished members of the General Assembly. I am confident not with standing all the many difficulties which face us that we can indeed we must unite our strength in order to achieve peace and a better future for all the peoples on this earth. I thank you."
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Background: Dr. Kurt Waldheim was reappointed to a second five-year term as the United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday (8 December). In an acceptance speech he pledged to try to make the organisation more responsive to world problems.
SYNOPSIS: The 146-nation General Assembly approved Waldheim's reappointment by acclamation. Earlier the Security Council of the United Nations had recommended the 57-year-old Austrian diplomat for re-election. He emerged as the only candidate in the second round of secret voting after a first-round veto by China. Peking wanted someone from the Third World. The President for the 31st Session of the General Assembly, Ambassador Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe, of Sri Lanka, announced the reappointment.
Then Dr. Waldheim reaffirmed his oaths of office and delivered a speech of acceptance.
Mr. Waldheim's second term of office begins on 1st January next year.