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Speeches by leaders of Chile, Colombia, Peru to UN.
Story No.: 321031
Dateline: New York - 10 Nov 2001
Date: 11/10/2001 05:00 AM
1. U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan with Fernando de la Rua, President of Argentina
2. Annan with Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso
3. Annan with Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile
4. Chilean delegation in General Assembly
5. Wide of Lagos on podium
6. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile
"Chile backs the coalition of countries that in exercising their legitimate right to defend themselves, have initiated operations destined to eradicate terrorism. At play here are the principles and universal values that we share. For this reason, these actions do not have the goal of attacking the Afghan population, the Arab world, nor the religion of anybody. For all of the above, we profess our respect and admiration."
7. Wide of de la Rua signing terrorism resolution with Cardoso behind
8. Peruvian President Toledo signing resolution
9. Wide of Toledo before General Assembly
10. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Alejandro Toledo, President of Peru
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"Today Peru has begun a new dawn for democracy. We are conscious, nonetheless, that we have great responsibilities to consolidate democracy, to strengthen our still fragile institutions and to reactivate our economy in order to achieve sustained economic growth: the generator of dignified and productive work."
11. Wide of Annan and General Assembly President
12. Wide of Andres Pastrana entering
13. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Andres Pastrana, President of Colombia
"The world is today aghast at this vile terrorism. We too, and I say this very candidly, have been seared in our flesh by such terrorism for quite some time now. But we have not always felt the pulse beat of the international community firmly on our side. We all know that the world market for drugs is the number one financier of terrorism and death around the world. And yet the international community used to be content with simply calling for action and demanding that the centres of production, control, and drug trafficking are eradicated through law enforcement and interdiction - forgetting that this scourge is much more than just cultivation and trafficking. It is a worldwide problem with global ramifications."
14. Mid shot of Colombian delegation
15. Mid shot of U-S delegation
16. Wide shot Pastrana at podium
The opening day of the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York on Saturday saw a number of Latin American leaders addressing the assembly and taking their stand against international terrorism.
In the afternoon, Argentinean president, Fernando de la Rua, Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Chilean president Ricardo Lagos met U-N Secretary Kofi Annan.
The presidents of Chile, Peru and Colombia spoke to the Assembly after signing the world body's resolution against international terrorism.
But President Andres Pastrana of Colombia also used the occasion to observe that the international community hadn't always been fully behind his country's fight against such terrorism.
Ratifying the treaty for the suppression of the financing for terrorism requires a majority of signatures, and the goal at this session of the General Assembly is to increase the number of signatory countries.
Like most Latin American leaders, President Lagos spoke out in support of U-S military action against terrorism, including a caveat that the offensive should not be aimed at the Afghani people, nor the Arab world or Islam.
Alejandro Toledo, Peru's newly elected president, spoke of Peru's own fight against terrorism and the need to strengthen its democratic institutions and economy.
Colombian President Andres Pastrana welcomed the newly strengthened international coalition to fight terrorism.
He said that a key factor in the financing of terrorism was drug trafficking and that the international community had so far only paid lip service to fighting the trade in drugs.
But most of the countries represented in Saturday's General Assembly speeches - large and small, rich and poor - agreed that, after the attacks of September 11, no nation is safe from terrorism and no nation can fight it alone.
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