The annual U.N. General Assembly session opened Monday, and Brazil led off with a warning that U.S. intervention in Haiti "evokes traumas and scars" of earlier occupations.
The Brazilian foreign minister, Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim, also said the world's wealthiest nations have an obligation to help developing countries as social conditions of most of the world's people continue to deteriorate.All the world's trouble spots, including Haiti, Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina, are expected to be discussed during the three-week meeting. Most of the 184 member nations sent representatives to address the world body.
Security was extremely tight for the opening. The General Assembly Hall and U.N. headquarters building were checked by bomb-sniffing dogs.
Monday's list of speakers included President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Also, the presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Romania and the foreign ministers of Sudan, Iran and Angola were to address the assembly.
In all, 47 heads of state and government and the crown princes of Jordan and Monaco plan to speak during the General Assembly session.