On Wednesday (December 5) the United Nations General Assembly deferred until next September a Chinese led bid to expel the Khmer Republic's pro-U.
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LAZAR MOJOV: "The struggles of the people of Cambodia, currently raging, is a component of the struggle against colonialism, against any foreign interference, domination and generally of peoples however small and weak they may be. The long history of the peoples of Indo-China, especially their modern history, is just a long, ceaseless, heroic struggle against foreign domination against colonial imperialists and hegoministic presence of foreign sectors. The current liberation war, waged by the Khmer people, is part of the struggle of the peoples of Indo-China to free themselves from any tutelage and to become, all of them, at long last, equal members and subjects of the international community and not objects of power politics."
W. TAPLEY BENNETT:
"Certainly the complexities of the issue before us are worthy of a more balanced considered approach than that taken in this draft resolution. One must ask himself whether its sponsors have thought through seriously the consequences of what they are proposing. Have they asked themselves for instance why it is that only one east Asian member government supports seating Prince Sihanouk's co-called government?
The situation at present, then, is that the government of Cambodia is fighting alone, without the assistance of foreign troops or foreign advisers and as far as the United States part of that is concerned our congress has seen to that -- without the assistance of foreign troops or foreign advisers -- against a local insurgency, led, equipped and substantially assisted by the forces of a foreign country -- foreign to Cambodia -- North Vietnam."
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Part of Yugoslav delegate Lazar Mojon's speech to the assembly appears on film. A transcript follows:
The United States Ambassador W. Tapley Bennett Junior spoke for the postponement. Part of his speech is on film. A transcript follows:
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Background: On Wednesday (December 5) the United Nations General Assembly deferred until next September a Chinese led bid to expel the Khmer Republic's pro-U.S. Lon Nol government from the organisation.
The Chinese and many other countries wanted to give the Khmer Republic's seat to exiled Prince Norodom Sihanouk's regime. Prince Sihanouk is at present living in Peking.
The move to postpone the decision was passed by only two votes. Most South East Asian countries, the United States and some western European countries voted for the measure. Communist countries and most Arab and African States voted against with more than 20 abstentions.