The Soviet Union on Saturday (5 January) defended its military intervention in Afghanistan before the United Nation's Security Council, saying it was only helping the Afghan Government defend the country against foreign-backed interference.
GV INTERIOR United Nations Security Council in session
SV USSR representative Oleg Troyanovsky speaking in Russian (3 shots)
GV AND SV US representative Donald McHenry seeking in English (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM McHenry TO UK representative Sir Anthony Parsons and Oleg Troyanovsky
SV Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Dost speaking in English
MCHENRY: "Mr. President, could I say at this stage that the fact of our meeting today is a reflection of the concern of the international community for events in Afghanistan. We join others in recording our view that in not objecting to the request to be heard. we in no way are according status to the regime that has been put in place by foreign troops. Than you Mr. president."
DOST: "The presence of limited contingents of the armed forces of the Soviet Union shall not be used by the United States and other circles for seeking to preserve and expand the world military system of imperialism under the pretext for strengthening its military presence in various parts of the world particularly in the Indian Ocean, as well as for expanding and expediting the provisions of military equipment to ports and thus creating a situation of crisis without any consideration for its implications for peace in the region and in the world. The reason imperialist countries and reactionary circles are misinterpreting the purpose of the presence of the limited contingents of the armed forces of the Soviet Union is that their conspiracy against the people of Afghanistan has been exposed and foiled. The Security Council shall not be allowed to be misused for propaganda purposes under the pretext of imaginary facts towards peace and security. Let you realise our strength our potentiality together for the realisation of the ideals for the charter so that the rights of peoples and nations, big or small for genuine freedom and independence will always remain paramount. Thank you."
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Background: The Soviet Union on Saturday (5 January) defended its military intervention in Afghanistan before the United Nation's Security Council, saying it was only helping the Afghan Government defend the country against foreign-backed interference. Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Mohammad Dost told the Security Council the United States only wanted to preserve the military system of imperialism with their objections to Moscow's moves. The Security Council debate is expected to continue for some days.
SYNOPSIS: The first speaker in Saturday's Security Council meeting was the Soviet Union's representative Oleg Troyanovsky. He accused Western nations of reviving the cold war and scuttling detente. He defended the dispatch of Soviet troops to Afghanistan as a response to repeated appeals by that nation. Mr. Troyanovsky said the appeals were made by President Hafizullah Amin, who was executed when the new government was installed in Kabul. The Soviet representative insisted that only a limited combat force had been sent to Afghanistan. Mr. Troyanosky then argued that the Security Council had no right to discuss the intervention and was interfering in Afghanistan's internal affairs. But Western nations were eager to continue the debate. So much so that no formal challenge was made of Afghan Foreign Minister Dost's credentials. After Mr. Troyanovsky, it was the turn of United States representative Donald McHenry to speak.
Finally Mr. Dost, the Afghan Foreign Minister gave his country's views and defended the Soviet intervention.