The Soviet Union protested sharply against consideration by the United Nations Security Council of the Viet Nam issue.
The Soviet Union protested sharply against consideration by the United Nations Security Council of the Viet Nam issue. The protest came immediately after a speech by U.S. representative Arthur Goldberg opened an emergency meeting of the Council, called for Tuesday (1 Feb) at the request of the United States.
Nikolai Federenko, the Soviet Ambassador to the United Nations, told the council his government was opposed to any action by the world body on Viet Nam. He said the United States had distorted the situation. Mr. Goldberg's speech, said Mr. Federenko, showed that Washington was interested in staging a propaganda show rather than in reaching a settlement. He called the request for a Council meeting a "diversionary tactic" undertaken to conceal Pentagon measures to expand aggression in Viet Nam.
He specifically opposed placing the Viet Nam matter on the agenda of the Council. It appeared late Tuesday as though the Council were heading towards a vote on the placing of the Viet Nam matter on the agenda. Such a vote, not subject to veto, requires nine affirmative ballots to place the matter on the agenda.