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WHEN THE STARS BEGAN TO SHINE

Eternal victory!

I bring the fraternal greetings of a country covering 274,000 square kilometres, where seven million men, women and children refuse henceforth to die of ignorance, hunger and thirst even though they are not yet able to have a real life, after a quarter of a century as a sovereign state represented here at the United Nations.

I do not intend to enunciate dogmas here. I am neither a messiah nor a prophet. My only ambition is a twofold aspiration: first, to be able to speak in a simple language, the language of facts and clarity, on behalf of my people; and, second, to be able to express the feelings of that mass of people who are dis-inherited – those who belong to what the world maliciously dubbed ‘the third world’ – and to state the reasons that have led us to rise up…

Nobody will be surprised to

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