Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos has called on the United Nations to move from rhetoric to action when helping developing nations.

Mr. Papadopoulos told the U.N. General Assembly Thursday that the gap between what he calls the haves and the have-nots is widening dramatically.

He said the world body must honor past commitments and work to achieve goals for debt relief, improving access to world markets, and fighting AIDS and other diseases.

Mr. Papadopoulos said detecting the seeds of conflict early and preventing them from blowing up into war should be the cornerstone of U.N. collective security efforts.