General Assembly

53rd Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 51st Session

Special help for most heavily indebted countries welcomed by OAU in General Assembly debate on African development at 53rd plenary meeting of the 51st session.

Plea for Conditions Not to Be Too Stringent; Holy See Asserts That Betterment of Poor Nations Need Not Be at Expense of Wealthier.

Foreign aid should not come with excessive conditions which today were so common, the observer of the Holy See told the General Assembly this afternoon, as it ended its discussion of the implementation of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990s. Experience taught that when developing countries grew richer, it was not at the expense of the wealthier ones. All of them benefited.

The initiative favouring the heavily indebted poor countries was a step in the right direction, said the representative of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). But to enable the more indebted African countries to benefit from it, the conditions should not be too stringent. He said the OAU would welcome substantial contributions to that initiative by both creditor countries and international financial institutions.

The representative of Botswana said the New Agenda lacked a clear operational framework in the United Nations system itself and at the country level. There was no framework for coordination between the United Nations system and the Bretton Woods institutions on implementation. While he welcomed the Secretary-General's System-wide Initiative on Africa, it should be treated not as a replacement but a complement for the New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990s.

Statements were also made by Pakistan, Cuba, Colombia (on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement) and the Philippines.

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