UNITED NATIONS, April 29, 2002 ( – Speaking at a United Nations meeting discussing aging populations earlier this month, Libyan delegate Abdulhamid Asseid Zentani noted the root cause of the aging crisis to be “family planning and the encouragement of abortion.” His comments were made April 12 at the Second World Assembly On Ageing held in Madrid.

“We do not view the problem we are discussing today only in terms of an increase in the number of the aged. We also see it through the causes which have led to a disruption in the demographic composition of the population, the main factor in which is family planning and the encouragement of abortion,” he said. In a comment obviously directed at the Western countries which attempt to cajole poorer nations into adopting family planning and abortion he said: “We believe that family planning and limiting the number of its members should be left to individual societies to decide, according to their circumstances and options, and not through the imposition or importation of ready-made solutions.”

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