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    The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the Philippines was disrupted (on Thursday 17 May) when thirteen delegations staged a walk out.

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    CU Chairman of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Philippine Foreign Minister Carlos Romula speaking in English. (2 shots)

    GV: Assembly hall with delegates seated.

    CU: Bulgarian representative Atanass Ginev speaking, standing next to Madame Ieng Thirit (Democratic Kampuchean Social Affairs Minister) with English interpreter translating.

    CU: Mr Romulo speaking in English.

    MV: Soviet and other delegations walk out as Madame Ieng takes stand PAN TO Conference hall

    CU: Madame Ieng speaking in French with English interpreter translating as delegates listen. (2 shots)

    CARLOS ROMULO: "I give the floor to Mrs Ieng Thirit, Minister for Social Affairs of Democratic Kampuchea."

    ATANASS GINEV: "Point of order."

    CARLOS ROMULO: "The representatives of Bulgaria, Vietnam and Cuba raised their cards stating they wished to speak on a point of order. you have the floor, the representative of Bulgaria on a point of order."

    TRANSLATOR: "Mr President, as a result of a national revolution in Cambodia, the Pol Pot (indistinct) was overthrown and the People's National Republic of Kampuchea was set up, therefore the representation here of the (indistinct) clique at this session is quite illegal. The legal government in Kampuchea is the National Revolutionary Council which has sovereign power over the whole territory of this country, and which is fully supported by the nation. The right to speak on behalf of this country therefore lies with the National Revolutionary Council. Ignoring of this reality can introduce into the work of our session only an undesirable result. I would like the president to reflect the statement in the report of the session, thank you."

    CARLOS ROMULO: "I have noted the statements of the previous speakers, I now give the floor to Madame Ieng Thirit, the representative of Democratic Kampuchea."

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    Background: The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the Philippines was disrupted (on Thursday 17 May) when thirteen delegations staged a walk out. They were protesting against the conference chairman's decision to allow a representative of the ousted Kampuchean (Cambodian) government of Pol Pot to address the hall. The United Nations still recognises the pro-China Pol Pot administration which was overthrown by Vietnamese-backed forces in January. Madame Ieng Thirit, wife of former Kampuchean Deputy Prime Minister Ieng Sary had spent fifteen days reaching the Philippines from a secret Khmer Rouge base in Kampuchea. The conference chairman, Philippine Foreign Minister Carlos Romulo allowed several communist representatives to raise objections to Mme Ieng, but then followed established United Nations practise and called on Mme Ieng to speak.

    SYNOPSIS: The decision to allow Madame Ieng to speak provoked the walk out. As she approached the rostrum, delegates from the Soviet Union, Cuba and Bulgaria began the protest. Supporters of the Pol Pot government, including the Chinese and North Korean representatives remained, as did the Rumanian delegation - but many other delegates from East European Communist countries filed out.

    Mrs Ieng responded to the allegations of illegality against her government with an attack upon Vietnam. She claimed the Vietnamese had invaded Kampuchea and carried out a policy of genocide. Mme Ieng said this threatened the peace of South East Asia and the whole world and called on the international community for support. Vietnam has consistently denied the charge of invading Kampuchea to oust the pro-Peking Pol Pot administration, saying instead that the uprising was by Kampuchean nationalists.

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