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    The Soviet Union, invoking its veto, has blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan.

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    SV INTERIOR: Afghanistan's Foreign Minister, Shah Mohamed Dost, speaking to United Nations Security Council in English as U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Mr. Donald McHenry listens. (3 shots)

    SV: Soviet Union's Permanent Representative Oleg Troyanovsky, speaking in Russian

    SV: President of security Council, Jacques le Prette, of France, calling for vote PAN TO delegates voting. (2 shots)

    SV PAN: Chinese delegate voting PAN TO other delegates PAN TO Soviet delegate sitting, and then voting against resolution together with East German delegate

    GV AND SV: M. Le Prette announces result of voting in French as Soviet delegates listen (3 shots)

    DOST:"What about the United States of American which has thousands of military bases on the side of other countries, in some cases against the welfare of the people, and it is the United States which has stationed its armed forces in other countries and delegates of this county have tries to make a hue and cry about the issue which is entirely within the jurisdiction of the governments of two friendly countries. What is it all about?" Is it hypocrisy, a covert operation, or both? It is evident that the United States of America wants to expedite arms shipments to Pakistan under the pretext that Pakistan is being allegedly threatened."

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    Background: The Soviet Union, invoking its veto, has blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan. The motion before the Security Council also deplored the recent armed intervention in Afghanistan which it said was inconsistent with the United Nations Charter. The draft resolution was proposed by six non-aligned countries. During the three-day debate the proposal was opposed by Afghanistan's Foreign Minister, Shah Mohamed Dost, who attacked the foreign policy of the United States.

    SYNOPSIS: The Soviet Union's Permanent Representative, Mr Oleg Troyanovsky, emphasised the changes which are being enacted in Afghanistan, including the release of several thousand prisoners..
    Mr. Troyanovsky said both the Soviet Union and Afghanistan, as treaty partners, were entitled under the UN Charter to make arrangements for collective self-defence.

    And he accused the United States of trying to revive the cold war, as evident from what he called the procrastination over ratifying SALT Two (the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty), and the moves to deploy more nuclear missile sin Western Europe.

    Both the Soviet Union and Afghanistan accused the Security Council of interfering in Afghan internal affairs by debating the issue.

    The Security Council's President Jacques Le Prette of France, said there can be no international security without freedom from foreign intervention, and he said the information available suggests this freedom was not respected in Afghanistan. When he called for a vote, thirteen Security Council members favoured adoption of the draft resolution. Then the Soviet Union, for the one hundred and thirteenth time, used its veto, with the support of East Germany, the only other opponent of the proposal.

    After the vote, the Council suspended its meeting so that delegates could confer on the next steps. The Philippines and Bangladesh already had a prepared resolution to refer the question to the General Assembly for further debate. Bangladesh, Jamaica, Niger, the Philippines, Tunisia and Zambia had jointly sponsored the rejected resolution in the Security Council.

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