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    Angola's admission to the United Nations was blocked on Wednesday (23 June) by the United States.

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    SCU: U.N. Security Council: Cuban delegate Alarcon De Quesaoa speaking in Spanish

    SCU:United States delegate Albert Sherer speaking

    GV and CUs: UN security council voting on resolution (3 shots)

    CU: US delegate voting against

    SCU:President announcing result

    SHERER: "I would however, like to note with pleasure his statement that Cuban troops will remain in Angola only so long as there is an invader in that country

    My delegation is not aware that any invaders are now is ??? unless The Golden G??? and ??? such science fiction character can be so described. Thank you, Mr. President"

    The United States veto was its 15th. in United Nations history. Each of the permanent members to the Security Council - China, France, Britain, The USA and USSR - have the right to veto any resolution with the most - 110 - being cast by the Soviet Union.

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    Background: Angola's admission to the United Nations was blocked on Wednesday (23 June) by the United States. The American veto in the Security Council name over agreement about the continued presence of Cuban troops in the former Portuguese territory.

    SYNOPSIS: In the Security Council debate on Angola's admission Cuban representative Ricardo Alarcon, spoke in support the resolution to admit the country. Cuba has said that it intends withdrawing its troops, but the United States claims there is no evidence that such a withdrawal is intended. A spokesman for the Angolan government, Elisio da Figuerido, said the presence in his country of Cuban personnel was strictly an internal affair. Angola, he added, is an independent and sovereign state, and would not tolerate the United States nor any other country dictating its own domestic and foreign policies. But the United States representative, Albert Sherer, said the continued presence and apparent influence of Cuban troops in Angola raised the question of whether it could be considered an independent country.

    The United States and China were the only two of the Security Council's 15 members who spoke against the resolution. China attacked what it called S??? social-imperialism at work in Angola, but abstained during the vote. With 13 votes for the resolution, it was left to the United States to cast its ve??? and prevent Angola's admission A leading African spokesman on Council, Tanzania's Salim Sali's said the US veto was clearly against the Wishes of the international community who had recognised the Angolan government American policy in southern Africa has figured as an issue in the US presidential campaign, but officials denied domestic political considerations were involved in the decision to cast a veto.

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