The Soviet Union used its 105th Security Council veto early Friday (August 23) morning to block an attempt to condemn its invasion of Czechoslovakia.
US AMBASSADOR TO UN, GEORGE BALL, SPEAKING
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Background: The Soviet Union used its 105th Security Council veto early Friday (August 23) morning to block an attempt to condemn its invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Scowling behind dark glasses he wore to protect his eyes from the glaring television lights, Soviet Ambassador Jacob Malik cast the veto with a weary wave of his hand to end the seven hour forty minute debate.
The condemnation resolution, sponsored by seven nations including the United States, demanded the Soviet bloc withdraw its troops from Czechoslovakia "forewith."
After Malik used his veto powers, United States Ambassador, George Ball, said the Russians showed arrogance, callousness and total indifference to the higher sensibilities of mankind. He said, "Your veto, Ambassador Malik, may stifle the legal vote of this council, but it can not suffocate the soul of a people." Ball want on to say that the Soviet imposed government in Czechoslovakia was "an ersatz government, made in Moscow." Ball added "You can install your quislings, but how long do you expect to make these brutal acts survive?"