At the United Nations, the Security Council has acknowledged temporary defeat in its efforts to bring peace to Indochina.
At the United Nations, the Security Council has acknowledged temporary defeat in its efforts to bring peace to Indochina. The Council has spent five days debating the question. One speaker, the Kuwaiti Ambassador, Mr. Abdallah Bishara, said that he had personally offered four separate draft proposals, but none had obtained the required consensus in intensive private bargaining.
SYNOPSIS: Much of the debate was taken up with the Soviet Union and China sniping at one another, while the United States played a neutral role. The Chinese Ambassador, Chen Chu, accused Moscow of slandering China to divert attention and justify what he called Vietnam's "aggression" in Kampuchea (Cambodia). The Soviet Union, he said, had encouraged Vietnam to swallow up Kampuchea. The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Andrew Young, added to the debate.
The Vietnamese Ambassador, Ha Van Lua, exercised his right of reply. He told the Security Council that the world is insufficiently informed about the nature of the Pol Pot regime, which was recently ousted in Kampuchea. He asked the delegates how Vietnam could be so heartless as to refuse support moves he said, would get rid of Kampuchean "tyranny".
The Soviet Ambassador, Oleg Troyanovsky, then spoke for the first time in the debate. He had left earlier speeches to his deputy. He said that world indication against China was growing, and called for support for the joint Soviet-Czechoslovak resolution demanding Chinese withdrawal and also for an arms embargo against China. Twelve of the council's fifteen members had favoured a resolution that, without mentioning names, would have called for a general cease-fire and the withdrawal of foreign troops form the crisis areas -- with U.N. Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, as mediator.