The Soviet Union's permanent representative at the United Nations, Oleg Troyanovsky, held a news conference in New York on Friday intentions in Afghanistan and Poland.
CU ZOOM SV INT., Oleg Troyanovsky, the Soviet Union's permanent representative at the U.N. in New York speaking English at news conference.
TRANSCRIPT: TROYANOVSKY: " We give the session positive assistance for one main reason and that is that we think that the great majority of the members of the General Assembly have indicated their preference for policies of relaxation on international tension, for policies of detente and have indicated their negative attitude towards any attempt to turn the session into a session of confrontation, in particular between the East and the West. "We are, we think, no only think we are convinced, that a great deal of this hysteria which was built up in the West, first around Afghanistan, then around Poland were artificial effects. As far as Afghanistan is concerned you know our position, of the government of Afghanistan. We don not, in any way, that is to say, this was not an invention, and I want to emphasise that.
This was a move to help Afghanistan defend itself against incursions from without. So, the best way to ease the tensions that have arisen would be to stop those incursions and, as the government of Afghanistan has indicated on a number of occasions, and so has our government of the Soviet Union, we would be prepared to withdraw the troops as soon as the conditions which prompted the government of Afghanistan to invite them in would have disappeared."
REPORTER: "What about your apparent threat to invade Poland?"
TROYANOVSKY: "There is no threat to invade Poland my dear sir. We think Well, first of all I'm a little reluctant to speak about Poland because it's a matter for Poland... for the Polish people themselves."
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Background: The Soviet Union's permanent representative at the United Nations, Oleg Troyanovsky, held a news conference in New York on Friday intentions in Afghanistan and Poland. Speaking after the current General Assembly session began a four week recess, Mr. Troyanovsky said many members had recently expressed preference for policies aimed at relaxing international tension. He then went on the accuse the West of creating hysteria about Soviet policies in Afghanistan and Poland. The Assembly is in recess until mid-January, but at his news conference Mr. Troyanovsky reflected on what the Soviet Union wanted from the current session.