UNITED NATIONS: Straight Talk Among Friends

For once, as they gathered last week to inaugurate the United Nations General Assembly's 29th session, the delegates had little difficulty sorting out and settling on priorities. In his annual report, Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim described the world's economic situation as "a global crisis of extraordinary dimensions." Incoming General Assembly President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria said that "the problems of development are spreading beyond national and continental limits." President Gerald Ford, appearing to deliver "the first of my addresses to the representatives of the world," agreed that "the economy of the world is under unprecedented stress."

Uncommonly Blunt. In his first...

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