The entire Pakistan delegation walked out of the United Nations Security Council yesterday (15 December) after Foreign Minister Zulfikar Bhutto tore up all the draft resolutions presented there.
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SV's USSR, China, France delegations (3 shots)
SV Bhutto continues
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: BHUTTO: "Yesterday my II-year-old son telephoned me from Karachi and he said to me - 'do not come back' with a document of surrender. We do not want to see you back in Pakistan. I will not take back a document of surrender from the Security Council. I will not be a party to the legalisation of aggression. The Security Council has failed miserably, shamefully... For four days we have deliberated here. For four days the Security Council has procrastinated. Why? Because the object was for Dacca to fall. That was the object that was quite clear to me from the beginning. All right, So what if Dacca falls? So what if the whole of East Pakistan Falls? So what if the whole of West Pakistan falls? So what if we are obliterated. We'll build a new Pakistan, we'll build a better Pakistan, we'll build a greater Pakistan. So the Security Council has acted short-sightedly by acquiescing to these dilatory tactics. You know you have come to a point when we say "do what you like". If before it had come to this point, we could have made a commitment, we could have said, all right, we are prepared to do something. Now why should we? Do you want to silence us by guns? Silence our voices by arms? So why should we say that we should agree to anything, now you decide what you like. Your decision will not be binding on us. You can decide what you like. You can do, because if you had left us a margin of hope, we might have been a party to some settlement.
SEQ. 4: "I find it disgraceful to myself and to my person to remain here a moment longer than necessary. But I'm not. (indistinct).. impose, impose any decision. I have a treaty worse than the Treaty of Versailles. Legalised aggression. Legalised occupation. Legalised everything that has been illegal till the 13th or 15th of December 1971. I will not be party to it. We will fight. We'll go back and fight. My country beckons to me. Why should I waste my time here in the Security Council? I'm going".
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Background: The entire Pakistan delegation walked out of the United Nations Security Council yesterday (15 December) after Foreign Minister Zulfikar Bhutto tore up all the draft resolutions presented there. In a bitter speech, Mr. Bhutto denounced the Council's "dilatory tactics" and said that his country would not be bound by any decisions it now might take.
Mr. Bhutto, who arrived at the U.N. on Friday, said he would not be a party to legalised occupation and aggression. He refused to return to Pakistan with any "document of surrender." The Security Council has failed in several attempts to draft a ceasefire resolution since the war on the sub-continent began on December 3. The Soviet Union has cast three vetoes. Yesterday's Council meeting came in the wake of reports from East Pakistan that the Pakistani commander had sought a ceasefire.