The United Nations Assembly voted on Friday (September 21) in favour of allowing Kampuchea's ousted Pol Pot administration to keep its seat.
The United Nations Assembly voted on Friday (September 21) in favour of allowing Kampuchea's ousted Pol Pot administration to keep its seat. There'd been disagreement between members over whether to accept the Pol Pot delegation or the newly installed government in Pnom Penh, that of Heng Samrin....whose forces, backed by Vietnamese, took over government of Kampuchea early this year.
SYNOPSIS: M. Andre Ernemann, of Belgium, Chairman of Credentials Committee -- which voted 6 to 3 on Wednesday (September 19) to accept the Pol Pot's delegates credentials began the debate with a call for the General assembly to approve the committee's recommendations.
The Soviet Union's permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Oleg Troyanovsky, opposed the Credentials Committee recommendation. Moscow does not support the Peking-backed Pol Pot administration and, together with Vietnam, has been seeking support for the rival Heng Samrin government....whose government in Kampuchea was installed eight months ago, with Vietnamese military backing.
An amendment, proposed by India that the Kampuchean seat should be left vacant, was opposed by Malaysia...Mr Sri Zaiton Ibrahim...
The United States representative, Mr. Richard Petree, spoke out in favour of Credentials Committee recommendation.
At the end of the debate, the Chairman of the General Assembly, Mr. Salim Ahmed Salim, of Tanzania, put the report of the Credentials Committee to the vote...