The United Nations' General Assembly narrowly voted early on Thursday (28 November) that Khmer Republic's seat at the United Nations should be retained by President Lon Nol's administration.
The United Nations' General Assembly narrowly voted early on Thursday (28 November) that Khmer Republic's seat at the United Nations should be retained by President Lon Nol's administration. The decision was a defeat for a resolution led by the People's Republic of China to establish the Khmer Government-in-exile -- headed by Prince Norodom Sihanouk -- as the official representative body at the United Nations.
The General Assembly voted 56 to 54, with 24 abstentions.
Earlier in the session, the Assembly has endorsed by a similar majority a rival resolution calling for President Lon Nol and the Khmer Government-in-exile to reconcile their differences by negotiation. In the meantime, the Assembly agreed that no change should take place in Khmer representation at the world body.
The vote came after a nine-hour session which began on Wednesday afternoon (27 November).
The resolution to outs President Lon Nol was supported by Algeria and a large number of Third World countries. It was opposed by the United States, the United Kingdom and other western and south-east Asian states. Philippines Foreign Minister Carlos Romulo said that the proposal had "grave and dangerous implications" for all regions of the world, if the United Nations began interference in the internal affairs of member states in this way.
The vote was seen as crucial to the existence of the United Nations in the face of the increasing friction and confrontation between Third World and eastern states on the one hand, and the United States and its supporters on the other.