Dr. Kurt Waldheim of Austria, who succeeds U Thant as Secretary-General of the United Nations,?
MV ZOOM OUT Waldheim in front of newsmen
CU Waldheim speaks
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: WALDHEIM: "Well, ladies and gentlemen, I tell you right now I have very concrete and very firm ideas about the office of the Secretary-General and the way I'm going to deal with it. But, I ask you to understand that I do not wish to comment on this or to outline my ideas on this before the General Assembly has decided on it. I think it wouldn't be proper to say more on such questions now before the General Assembly has adopted the final decision."
REPORTER: "Your assessment of the place the U.N. can play in the world -- aside from the office of Secretary-General? The place it has played can play, does play, can play."
WALDHEIM: "Well, I think you'll agree with me that the United Nations has to play an important role in international affairs. I said on many previous occasions that the United Nations is an instrument of peace and it has to be used. If it is not used then I think we shouldn't blame the United Nations for not producing more concrete results. I think the United Nations has produced many positive results in many fields, but I do not think it is the fault of the United Nations if they are not able to solve certain problems, political problems, crises, etc. I think it's the fault of the members and not of the organisation. I think we should concentrate on the aspect of the problem, so what I expect and hope of the members is a close cooperation with me. Because only with the help and close cooperation of the member-states, the Secretary-General is able to do his job."
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Background: Dr. Kurt Waldheim of Austria, who succeeds U Thant as Secretary-General of the United Nations, called a news conference yesterday (Tuesday) to make public his views on what has been called the most difficult job in the world.
The conference was called directly after Dr. Waldheim had been nominated Secretary-General by the Security Council. His appointment was confirmed today.
Dr. Waldheim has represented Austria at the U.N. for nearly eight years. he told newsmen that during that time he had developed some very positive views about the role of both the U.N. and its Secretary-General: