Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I should like first of all, to once again thank the Norwegian Nobel Committee for the award they have made to the United Nations Peace-Keeping Operations. Their decision has been acclaimed all over the world. I take this opportunity also to express once again my deep gratitude to the countries, which have contributed troops or provided logistical support to these operations. It is to their willing co-operation that we owe the success of this great experiment in conflict control.
Peace─the word evokes the simplest and most cherished dream of humanity. Peace is, and has always been, the ultimate human aspiration. And yet our history overwhelmingly shows that while we speak incessantly of peace, our Aquinas tells a very different story.
Peace is an easy word to say in any language. As Secretary-General of the United Nations I hear it so frequently from so many different mouths and different sources, that it sometimes seems to me to be general incantation more or less deprived of practical meaning. What we really mean by peace?
As clothes, food, shelter and travel are the four elements for life; we can not live without one of them. So is the case with other living things. Maybe other living things can live without one of them, but they are not particular about that much.
Bacterium is very tiny living things, like a baby in them. What does the baby have to wear? What does the baby have to eat? Where does the baby live? How does the baby move? We would like to know about these.
To me, England is the country, and the country is England. And when I ask myself what I mean by England, when I think of England when I am abroad, England comes to me through my various senses─through the ear, through the eye, and through certain imperishable scents. I will tell you what they are, and there may be those among you who feel as I do.