The United Nations General Assembly, meeting in emergency session, was urged by its president on Thursday (10 January) to help solve the Afghanistan crisis following the paralysis of the Security Council.
SV INTERIOR: Mongolian delegate Buyantyn Dashtseren speaking in English
GV: Delegates seated
SV: President Salim Ahmed calls for adoption of agenda
SV: USSR delegate, listening to Afghanistan Foreign Minister Mohammed Dost speaking in English. (2 shots)
GV: Delegates seated including USA and Zambia (3 shots)
DASHTSEREN: "Like the previous speakers, we heard the strong view that the concentration of this question, notwithstanding the repeated objections of the government of afghanistan, is a violation of Article Two or the UN Charter, and the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state."
SALIM: "May I now take it the General Assembly adopts the provisional agenda.. it is so decided."
DOST: "The convening of the extraordinary session of the General Assembly and this issue continues an open and flagrant interference into the internal affairs of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan."
SALIM: "These discussions have proven to be inconclusive since the Security Council was unable to take action, due to the lack of unanimity of its permanent members. The maintenance of international peace and security is certainly a matter of concern to all states, big and small, powerful and not so powerful. For a threat to peace and security to any part of the world, has in one way or the other, a direct bearing on universal peace and security. and that no nation or group of nations can claim immunity from such developments."
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly, meeting in emergency session, was urged by its president on Thursday (10 January) to help solve the Afghanistan crisis following the paralysis of the Security Council. The president, Salim Ahmed Salim of Tanzania, said the 152-nation body bore an extremely heavy responsibility and must live up to the world's expectations. Without trying to assess the Soviet military action in Afghanistan, Mr. Salim said he preservation of International peace and security could be realised only through respect for such principles as national sovereignty territorial independence and non-intervention in domestic affairs. Before the President's declaration Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed Dost tried in vain to protest against the Afghanistan question being placed on the General Assembly agenda. He called it a flagrant interference in his county's internal affairs. But first he Mongolian representative Mr. Buyantyn Dashtseren gave his country's views.