|Banquet In Honour Of President Chivu Stoica|
Dec. 06, 1966
|Mr. President,Madame Stoica|
It gives Us great pelasure to welcome you this evening and to express to you Our appreciation for
having accepted Our invitation to visit Ethiopia. On this happy occasion We extend to you, Mr.
President, and your consort Our most cordial welcome.
Two years ago, at the invitation of your predecessor, the late Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, We had the
opportunity of visiting your beautiful and great country and to come into personal contact with the
industrious people of Romania. We always recall with pleasure the warm and friendly reception
that We were accorded by the Government and people of Romania. The sincere and hearty
reception which We have experienced then is a vividly testimony of the great respect and
admiration which the Romanian people have for Our people and for Us. In the course of Our visit,
We saw for ourselves the great progress achieved by the Romanian people and the advantages
they are drawing from the benefits of modern civilization.
As a result of man's technological and scientific advancement, our world has undergone
tremendous and unprecedented change. Distant worlds have been brought closer and mysteries
have been unfolded. All these achievements should have brought satisfaction to mankind.
However, man among other things, has used these great achievements to evil ends by producing
and accumulating weapons of mass destruction which are already in the possession of number of
|The desire of states to impose their social and economic systems on others had resulted in the |
ever-increasing stockpile of deadly weapons. But happily the realization that such a state of affairs
is incompatible with the needs of our time has led, of late, all leaders and all men of goodwill to
determine to live in peace and to coexist in spite of the ideological, social and economic differences
existing in the world. In turn this situation has greatly relieved the anxiety of the world from the
fear of the disaster that would otherwise have befallen mankind as a result of a nuclear warfare. It
is, therefore, the sacred duty of all to take advantage of the present general detente and to strive to
bring about enduring peace so that we may spare ourselves the condemnation of posterity and
|The basic needs of men everywhere are the same. There is no one anywhere in the world who |
does not cherish the hope of having his standard of living raised. Likewise, it is the fervent desire
of most governments to satisfy the material needs and to elevate the standard of living of their
people. For any state of individual to limit its endeavours to satisfy its selfish desire, in this age of
interdependence, is to live outside of the realm of reality. The era of such isolated existence is long
past. Instead men have started to think in terms of their fellow-men, their country and the world
community. All must strive unceasingly to further these simple and yet fundamental principles and
ideals so that there shall be a better tomorrow for generations to come.
Mr. President, We should not fail to recall here that Ethiopia for a long time has maintained friendly
relations with Romania not only in time of peace but in time of great trouble and tribulation when
our very existence as a nation was threatened by the fascist aggressor. We shall long remember
the moral support We have had from the people of Romania through its Foreign Minister, Mr.
Tutelesu when We made Our appeal to the League of Nations. It is also fitting to mention here the
valiant Romanian hero, Etian the Great, who has courageously struggled and dedicated his life for
the freedom and independence of his country.
Though Your Excellency's visit to Our country is short, We earnestly believe that it will contribute
in further strenghtening the bonds of friendship that already exist between Romania and Ethiopia.
In this age of inter-dependence Romania and Ethiopia should do their utmost to co-operate for the
mutual interest of their respective countries. There are many areas in which our two countries can
effectively collaborate in this regard.
It is in this spirit of friendship and co-operation that We ask all to join Us in wishing long life and
good health to you, Mr. President and Madame Stoica; progress and prosperity to Romania and
Ethiopia and to enduring world peace.
|Haile Selassie the First - December 6, 1966|