Latin American nations on the Pacific Coast are to introduce a resolution to end nuclear testing in the Pacific during the week-long United Nations Security Council session which began on Thursday (15 March) in Panama City.
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SV Panama delegate speaking
SCU Waldheim listens
SV Cuban delegate speaking
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SCU Guyana delegate speaking
RAMPHAL: "This meeting of the Security Council helps in significant measure to fulfil one of the primary functions of the United Nations organisation....namely to redress at the international level, imbalance, injustice, inequities, created, sustained and allowed to go unrequited at the level of region. The treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons in Latin America the Treaty of Tataloaco presents a good example of these dangers of falsification. My Government has acknowledge before, indeed within the General Assembly itself, the great achievements of this self-imposed regime of restraint. It is an achievement worthy in the main, of the approbation of this council, as a practical step at the regional level towards the maintenance of international peace and security. It is an example which, in caused respects, should inspire the emulation of other regions of the world. So that ultimately in the international level, we may more from the stage of non-proliferation, to total prohibition of nuclear weapons.
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Background: Latin American nations on the Pacific Coast are to introduce a resolution to end nuclear testing in the Pacific during the week-long United Nations Security Council session which began on Thursday (15 March) in Panama City.
Several Pacific countries have objected strongly to nuclear tests that France has been conducting in French Polynesia.
The Security Council session will be discussing a wide range of subjects besides nuclear weapons. Draft resolutions under study deal with the future of the Panama Canal Zone, colonialism and the permanent sovereignty of states over their natural resources.
Guyana's Foreign Minister, Shirdath Ramphal, warned of the dangers of nuclear weapons and pointed to the Latin American treaty for the prohibition of them.
SYNOPSIS: The United Nations Security Council meets in Panama City at the invitation of the Panamanian Government to discuss a wide range of Latin American problems....the first time the fifteen-nation organisation has met in the region. The panamanian delegate was one who spoke.
Secretary-General Waldheim listened as the Cuban delegate, Foreign Minister Raul Roa, put forward support for several resolutions .... some of which deal with the future of the Panama Canal zone, now controlled by the United States, on colonialism, the permanent sovereignty of states over their natural resources, and the banning of nuclear weapons in Latin America.
The council was also addressed by the Guyana representative, Foreign Minister Shridath Ramphal....