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FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

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ORGANISATION DES NATIONS UNIES POUR L'ALIMENTATION ET L'AGRICULTURE

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ORGANIZACION DE LAS NACIONES UNIDAS PARA LA AGRICULTURA Y LA ALIMENTACION


Seventy-Seventh Session

Soixante-dix-septième session

77° período de sessiones

 

FIRST PLENARY MEETING
PREMIERE SEANCE PLENIERE
PRIMERA SESION PLENARIA

(29 November 1979)

The First Plenary Meeting vas opened at 10.50 hours
Bukar Shaib, Independent Chairman of the Council, presiding

La première séance plénière est ouverte à 10 h 50 sous la présidence de
Bukar Shaib, Président indépendant du Conseil

Se abre la primera sesión plenaria a las 10.50 horas bajo la presidencia
de Bukar Shaib, Presidente Independiente del Consejo

 

 

CHAIRMAN: The meeting is called to order. I would like to welcome you to the 77th Session of Council.

As you know, this is a very brief Session, but before we go into our business, I would like particularly to welcome our new members and those who have been re-elected. I would like to say how pleased we are to have you.

As you know, the Council has had a reputation for efficiency these past years, and I am sure that we will maintain this. The only way we have been able to do this has been by keeping our debates short and to the point, but not foregoing any important matters of substance.

Before we start with our agenda I would like to give the floor to the Director-General.

LE DIRECTEUR GENERAL: Monsieur le Président, je voudrais simplement joindre ma voix à la vôtre pour féliciter les nouveaux pays membres qui viennent d'être élus. Je voudrais les assurer, ainsi que tous les pays membres du Conseil, de la complète disponibilité du Secrétariat, en vue de les assister dans leur très importante tâche.

CHAIRMAN: Thank you very much, Mr. Director-General. I would like to give the floor to the observer from Norway who has something to say before he leaves shortly. I would like to call on Ambassador Bothner.

Aa. BOTHNER (Observer for Norway): Thank you very much indeed, Mr. Chairman, for giving me the floor, and I shall be very brief. Some delegates at yesterday's closing session of the Conference might have noticed that Norway did not take part in the voting on the budget. This was most unfortunate, for which I hereby apologize.

I have this morning confirmed through the Director-General my Government's support for the budget. I would also like to report to you and to the Council what I said to the Director-General - and by the way, in the Committee - namely,that Norway of course supports the budget as now adopted and we will honour our obligations. We intend to continue the happy relationship that exists between Norway and the other Nordic countries at the FAO.

In conclusion, let me affirm my Government's full support for FAO and for its important work against poverty, hunger and malnutrition. May I thank you for giving me the floor.

CHAIRMAN: Thank you, the Observer for Norway, for this very important statement. This clears up any doubts which there might have been.

A.Y. BUKHARI (Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of) (interpretation from Arabic): We were in exactly the same position, we were unable to attend yesterday to vote on the budget. This was because of some health problems which I had yesterday.

We all know that Saudi Arabia fully supports the budget and we reiterate our support in the most absolute manner, and we shall honour all our commitments and continuously support the Organization and its Director-General.

CHAIRMAN: Thank you, delegate of Saudi Arabia, for this clarification, which was the same as for Norway. We have no doubt these two countries support the FAO Programme of Work and Budget.


A. HAMAAMBA (Zambia): I regret my delegation was not present during the voting on the budget, but I wish to state my delegation fully supports the budget as presented by the Director-General. Thank you for giving me the floor.

CHAIRMAN: We will now go on to our agenda.

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