65. That is the goal toward which we must work. An ever more effective world solidarity should allow all peoples to become the artisans of their destiny. Up to now relations between nations have too often been governed by force; indeed, that is the hallmark of past history.
Alas, we have not made much progress in the last half-century. Some steps forward in some places. Some backward in others. For this to truly be past history, we will need more effort, not only against the most powerful nations, but also against the wealthy and power-hungry of the planet’s 1%.
May the day come when international relationships will be characterized by respect and friendship, when mutual cooperation will be the hallmark of collaborative efforts, and when concerted effort for the betterment of all nations will be regarded as a duty by every nation. The developing nations now emerging are asking that they be allowed to take part in the construction of a better world, a world which would provide better protection for every (person’s) rights and duties. It is certainly a legitimate demand, so everyone must heed and fulfill it.
Self-determination: this is all people are asking.
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The image is of Lady Justice at the Central Criminal Court of London.