A spokesman for the Soviet Union announced at a press conference on Monday (October 29th) that his country would contribute to the cost of the United Nations Middle East peace-keeping force.
SV Soviet spokesman and interpreter
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CU Kissinger speaks
MR. LOGINOV: "If the United Nations carries out its peace-keeping operation on a local and a legitimate basis, in accordance with the United Nations Charter, we shall be supporting, and we shall be financing such operations."
REPORTER: "Equitable and geographical representation: what does that mean, in terms of what Mr. Malik wants does that mean, in terms of what Mr. Malik wants it to mean? Does it mean one-for-one NATO-Warsaw Pact; how many non-aligned, how many aligned? What does that mean?"
MR. LOGINOV: "Well, the equitable geographical distribution means the equitable geographical distribution. That is, the absence of any discrimination whatsoever vis-avis any groups of states, or any individual states.
DR. KISSINGER: "We believe that the chances for peace are better because out of the tragedy of this war, the participants should have learned the impossibility of continuing the conditions that produced this conflict. Each side has suffered a great deal. I think all parties should have learned that a purely military solution cannot be achieved by them and will only make the area an arena for the rivalry of the great powers."
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Mr. Nikolai Loginov, Press Counsellor of the Soviet Mission to the United Nations, held a rare press conference on Monday.
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Background: A spokesman for the Soviet Union announced at a press conference on Monday (October 29th) that his country would contribute to the cost of the United Nations Middle East peace-keeping force. Earlier in washington, the U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, said there were encouraging signs of a Middle East settlement.
Mr. Nikolai Loginov, Press Counsellor of the Soviet U.N. Mission, also told a rare Soviet press conference that the U.S. delegate, Mr. John Scali, had "welched" on an agreement to incorporate amendments into the report establishing the peace-keeping force. Among the changes demanded by Mr. Malik are believed to be that the Secretary General would act in the Middle East with the Council's approval.
U.S. Ambassador Scali later accused the Soviets of going back on their agreement. A compromise was finally reached in which some of the disputed amendments were incorporated.
The Soviet Union has in the past refused to help finance some U.N. peace-keeping operations on the ground that they were being conducted illegally. It has always insisted that such operations be tightly controlled by the Security Council -- where it has a veto.
The Soviet share of the present Middle East operation will be about 3.9 million dollars (GBP 1.56 million sterling). The cost for the first six months is estimated at 30 million dollars (GBP 12 million sterling).
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Henry Kissinger was optimistic.