INTRODUCTION: Vietnam on Wednesday (16 March) appealed to nations attending the third day of the United Nations Water Resources Conference in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, for technical and economic assistance to rebuild the country's war-shattered economy.
GV Vietnamese representative Nguyen Van Sang on rostrum next to UN committee (MUTE)
SCU Mr. Sang speaking in French
GV ZOOM INTO CU Pakistan delegate Hasan Khan speaking in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3: KHAN: "The world could not wait any longer for bringing home to its people and their governments, the need for conserving water for utilising every inch of agricultural land on its land mass, for disciplining water waste, whether it be by urban population, or by the agricultural community, for providing clean drinking water to the remotest man in the rural community of the world, and for saving fresh water resources from industrial waste. Pakistan considers this conference as an event of great international significance. Water is truly the essence of physical existence, as has been clearly shown by our 5,000-year old (indistinct) civilisation, which is synonymous with Pakistan."
Many speakers at the conference expressed concern at the pressure on water supplies from growing populations, agriculture and industry, as the world's water supplies dwindled. Fears have been expressed that politics might impede what delegates describe as meaningful progress.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Vietnam on Wednesday (16 March) appealed to nations attending the third day of the United Nations Water Resources Conference in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, for technical and economic assistance to rebuild the country's war-shattered economy. The conference, which lasts eleven days, is discussing how to prevent a possible future fresh water shortage throughout the world.
SYNOPSIS: Vietnam's chief delegate, Nguyen Van Sang, told representatives of 115 countries that Vietnam's irrigation and dam building plan had been "interrupted by the war of aggression and sabotage waged by the United States". Describing devastation caused by American bombing during the Vietnam war, Mr. Sang said that thousands of villages destroyed or abandoned during the fighting would have to be reconstructed and repopulated. Another speaker, Pakistan's representative, Masur Hasan Khan, said that even the remotest communities were entitled to fresh water.