29th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 51st Session - Part 1

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10-Oct-1996 01:29:39
Despite current 'anguish', Africa still has potential for stability and prosperity, assembly is told at 29th plenary meeting.

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Continent's Economic and Social Problems Are Reviewed By Leaders of Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Mauritius, Madagascar.

"Even though we may be on our knees in anguish, there is still hope for Africa", the President of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, told the General Assembly this morning. He said that in spite of the situation on that continent, including atrocities committed by Africans against Africans, he believed that its people had the ability to overcome natural and self- inflicted constraints and achieve political stability as well as reasonable economic prosperity.

As the Assembly continued its general debate, the Prime Minister of Swaziland, Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, said the efforts of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) at conflict prevention represented the hope of all Africans for the achievement of unity, peace and development.

The Permanent Representative of the Central African Republic said that, in the space of one month and while it was well advanced in its negotiations with the Bretton Woods institutions, his country had suffered two failed attempts at overthrowing the Government. A "shocking" image of the country had spread across the entire world, but Central Africans were collectively committed to peace and security.

The Foreign Minister of Madagascar, Marson Evariste, also expressed his country's full support for the mechanisms and actions undertaken by the OAU and the need for the international community to support those actions.

The Prime Minister of Mauritius, Navinchandra Ramgoolam, noted that Africa had 29 of the world's 48 least developed countries. Only an effective United Nations had any hope of meeting the enormous global challenges of development, particularly those on the African continent, he stated.

Statements were also made by Bhutan and Dominica.

The General Assembly meets again at 3 p.m. today to hear statements by Vanuatu and Thailand, and a closing statement by the Assembly President on the conclusion of the general debate.

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