At the United Nations, the Soviet Union has used its veto in the Security Council to block a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Kampuchea (Cambodia) and for the withdrawal of all foreign forces.
At the United Nations, the Soviet Union has used its veto in the Security Council to block a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Kampuchea (Cambodia) and for the withdrawal of all foreign forces. Thirteen of the Council's fifteen members voted in favour, with only the Soviet delegate and Czechoslovakia opposing the draft, which was sponsored by the Council's seven non-aligned members. According to Reuters news agency Kampuchea (Cambodia) and its ally China are considering bringing their dispute with invaders Vietnam supported by the Soviet Union, before the United Nations General Assembly. During the third day of the Security Council debate on Monday (15 January) the draft resolution was introduced by Kuwaiti ambassador abdulla Bishara and supported by Thai ambassador Pracha Guna-Kasem - but Vietnam's ambassador Ha Van Lau and Soviet ambassador Oleg Troyanovsky both called for "authentic" representation from Kampuchea (Cambodia).
SYNOPSIS: Vietnamese ambassador Ha Van Lau also spoke.
Speaking in French, Mr. Lau insisted that the only way to achieve a balanced view of the current state of events in Kampuchea (Cambodia) was for what he called an "authentic" representative from the country to be invited to address the Security Council.
This suggestion was endorsed by Soviet Ambassador Oleg Troyanovsky. Speaking in Russian, he insisted that in the absence of a "legitimate representative" from Kampuchea (Cambodia) adoption of the resolution would constitute an interference in domestic affairs. Council President, Jamaican Ambassador Donald Mills then took the vote.
Speaking in Chinese after the vote China's ambassador Chen Chu spoke about the results and maintained that the resolution was not strong enough. He went on to say it contained the basic ingredients of what was needed and was supported by his country. He also accused the Soviet Union of criminal aggression.