The united Nations will add Canadian and Polish support units to the peace-keeping forces in the Middle East.
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Mr. Scali: "But I am confident that no member would disagree that it must be consistent with the overriding importance of having an affective force. We must remember that we now enter the phase of practical operations. We are despatching the forces of several nations into lines which only a few days ago were battlefields. Thras armies have fought and uncertain in many places. The situation remains tense and dangerous. The unforeseen can easily Happen. It is critically important that we have an integrated, harmonious, and impartial force, which can efficiently carry out its duties. To do Iess, is to betray the trust of those countries which have generously offered their young men for this delicate and dangerous task. We wish them wall in their mission."
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Background: The united Nations will add Canadian and Polish support units to the peace-keeping forces in the Middle East. This follows a new agreement between the Soviet Union and the United States, which permits the use of contingents form both a NATO and a Warsaw Pact state.
The accord was hammered out in two days of hard bargaining and approved by the Security Council on Friday (2nd November), with only the People's Republic of China disassociating itself. Officials from the United States, who had struggled to keep the Soviet-bloc out of the 7,000 man force, expressed satisfaction over the outcome. They said the decision to limit the Polish contingent to transport and communications duties was an acceptable compromise. They were doubtful whether new efforts would be made to add Warsaw Pact troops to the force for regular cease-fire patrols.
But the Soviet Ambassador to the Council, Jacob Malik, indicated that this was still the Soviet aim. U.S. Ambassador John Scali said Washington believed in a broadly based geographic representation. He added that it had to be consistent with an effective force.
Following Friday's decision, the Council authorised U.N. Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, to atart consultations with Ghana, Indonesia, Nepal, Panama and Peru about providing units. Each of these countries is expected to contribute several hundred troops to join the Irish, Austrian, Finnish and Swedish contingents already in the Middle East.