Soviet MIG jet fighters and helicopters flew over Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, again on Saturday (23 February), the day following mass demonstrations and shooting.
SV & CU Newsmen listening to Mr. Abdul Rahim Ghafoorzai, Afghan delegate to the U.N., NON-Aligned Movement, speaking in English (4 shots)
ABDUL RAHIM GHAFOORZAI: "I made a statement and at the end of which I declared my resignation in protest against the Soviet invasion of my country and my decision to discontinue my cooperation with the government. For your benefit, to give it the widest possible coverage and publicity in the news media all over the world, I would like to read the text of this statement: 'First of all I should like to convey the warm message of friendship of the freedom-loving and heroic people of Afghanistan to all of the representatives of the free nations gathered here, and through them to their people. almost four days ago I arrived from Kabul, authorised the government of the democratic Republic of Afghanistan, to attend to these important gatherings in which almost 92 member states of the movement have attended, and to represent their views regarding the recent situation in afghanistan. But I feel that I deem it my natural and just right to express the opinion of the freedom-loving Afghan people. In the beginning. I should like on behalf of my people to express strong protest, condemnation and indignation of the Muslim and free nation of Afghanistan against the shameful invasion of the unaligned Afghanistan by super power. I have my family there -- my ...wife, my four children, my mother, and three sisters and the widow of my brother. I was very much concerned any preoccupied by what happened about them. But I made a special appeal, purely on a humanitarian basis, to all members of the Non-Aligned Movement to authorise the chairman, Cuba??? to send a telegram to the Kabul regime to ensure the safety of my family."
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Background: Soviet MIG jet fighters and helicopters flew over Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, again on Saturday (23 February), the day following mass demonstrations and shooting. The mountain-ringed city was quiet and shops were closed in protest against the Soviet military presence. At the United Nations on Friday (22 February), an Afghan diplomat, sent to represent his Soviet-backed government, surprised his U.N. counterparts by announcing his defection instead. Mr. Abdul Rahim Ghafoorzai told newsmen later about his statement to the U.N. Non-Aligned Movement on the Afghan situation.