On Monday (12 November) the first day of the United Nations General Assembly debate on the Kampuchean situation, India proposed a conference on Indochina, to try to reduce tensions in the area.
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Background: On Monday (12 November) the first day of the United Nations General Assembly debate on the Kampuchean situation, India proposed a conference on Indochina, to try to reduce tensions in the area. The debate on Kampuchea was strongly objected to by the Heng Samrin Government in Phnom Penh, and Vietnam, whose troops are backing the Phnom Penh administration. They said that in the absence of a representative of the Heng Samrin regime, the debate would constitute a crude intervention in the internal affairs of the Kampuchean people.
SYNOPSIS: In Paris, the Vietnamese Ambassador to France, Vo Van Sung, strongly attacked the United Nations' insistence on continuing to recognise what he called "the bloody Pol Pot regime".
Mr Sung, speaking to newsmen, first read the protest telegram sent to the United Nations General Assembly by the Heng Samrin regime. In it they claimed that since January, 1979, they, the Popular Revolutionary Council of Kampuchea, were the only legal representative of the Kampuchean people, and that they were now in control of the whole of the country.
As for the Pol Pot regime, he said, they no longer existed. What is left of its army, he said, is only a band of plunderers, chased by the legitimate police of the Popular Republic of Kampuchea. mr. Sung attacked what he called the Peking expansionists. In speaking of solutions to the Kampuchean problem, he said China was confusing its desires with realities, like believing that the moon is made of green cheese.
He defended the presence of Vietnamese troops in Kampuchea on two counts. First, he said they were a legitimate defence against what he called a war of aggression waged against Vietnam by the Sino-Pol Pot regime since April 1975 and which, he added, had cost the Vietnamese people dearly. Secondly, he said, it was Vietnam's sacred duty to come to the aid of a nation in danger of extermination by the politics of genocide, systematically led by the Pol Pot regime. On these counts, he said, Vietnam had conformed not only with international law and the United Nations Charter, but also with moral duty.
Vietnam, with the support of some other nations, submitted a resolution calling on all states to refrain from interfering in Kampuchea's internal affairs. India's proposal for a conference on Indochina aimed to provide an alternative to the proposal for a U.N. debate.