38th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 50th Session - Part 1

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23-Oct-1995 01:29:17
United Nations cannot meet goals while on brink of insolvency, state world leaders at fiftieth anniversary meeting.

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World leaders assembled in New York to commemorate the United Nations fiftieth anniversary this afternoon warned that the United Nations could not carry out its goals successfully while it tottered on the brink of financial insolvency. They called for the fiftieth anniversary to address that critical issue, as well as issues relating to reform, revitalization and democratization, so that it can adapt to the challenges of the times.

Speakers urged leaders to recognize their responsibility to support the Organization, respect one another's sovereignty, traditions and individuality, implement social, economic and political plans of action and abide by the principles of the Charter.

Statements were made this afternoon by King Mswati III of Swaziland; President Jerry John Rawlings of Ghana; President Soeharto of Indonesia; President Bailey Olter of the Federated States of Micronesia; President Glafcos Clerides of Cyprus; President Armando Calderon Sol of El Salvador; President Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro of Cape Verde; Governor-General Bill Hayden of Australia; and President Ange-Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic.

The special commemorative meeting also heard statements by the Chairman of the Legislative Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mukar Cholponbayev; President of the National Assembly of Togo, Dahuku Pere; Prime Minister Owen Arthur of Barbados; Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel of Belize; Deputy Prime Minister Sheik Sultan Zayed Al-Nahayan of the United Arab Emirates; Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Sultan Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia; Deputy Prime Minister Sheik Abdulla Khalifa Al-Thani of Qatar; Deputy Prime Minister Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili of Lesotho; and the Secretary of the General People's Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation of Libya, Omar Mustafa Muntasser.

Also addressing the Assembly were Foreign Minister Destin Arsene Tsaty- Boungou of the Congo, Foreign Minister Chief Tom Ikimi of Nigeria and Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Ben Micah.

Statements were also made by the Chairman of the Delegation of Djibouti, Roble Olhaye; Chairperson of the Delegation of Trinidad and Tobago, Annette des Iles; Chairman of the Delegation of Samoa, Tuiloma Neroni Slade; Chairman of the Delegation of the League of Arab States, Mahmoud Aboul-Nasr; Member of the European Commission of the European Community, Hans van den Broek; President of the Permanent Council of Francophone States of the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation, Emile Derlin Zinsou; and the Secretary- General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Chief Emeka Anyaoku.

When it meets again at 10 a.m. Tuesday, 24 October, the General Assembly will continue its special commemorative meeting.

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