US Ambassador at the UN Cabot Lodge - addressing the Security Council, New York, July 23, - called for a Council investigation of the RB 46 incident or an adjudication on it by the International Court of Justice.
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"We do not ask the Security Council to take our word for what happened, even though we know that it is true, but we do ask the Council to help ascertain the facts. We therefore, are introducing a resolution which provides for an investigation of this matter or an adjudication on it by the International Court of Justice. Mr. President the Soviet Union has already made the extraordinary admission in advance of these meetings, which were called at this request, that the Security Council will not support the Soviet charges. They have admitted that Mr. Khrushchev has stated publicly that his real purpose in bringing the matter before us and I am quoting Mr. Khrushchev, is to "discredit further the dishonest judges of the Security Council." End of quotation from Mr. Khrushchev. Evidently, the head of the Soviet Government thinks nothing of insulting the integrity of the representatives sitting on this Council, and the integrity of the Governments for which all you gentleman speak. He seems positively to want to be defeated here; just what lies behind this strange manoeuvre is hard to fathom. The United States is not only willing, we are anxious - that the Security Council should consider the Soviet charges. We want it to consider our charges as well. We are certain that an honest and thorough consideration of the facts can lead to but one conclusion - that the Soviet Government has taken a lawless action and tries to camouflage it with reckless talk. Mr. President, in conclusion, our purpose here is not to defend ourselves we have done nothing which requires defense. We want the Council to deal with this criminal and reckless act of piracy committed by the Soviet Union, so that our men, now in illegal detention may be freed, and so that the whole world may breathe more easily again."
EDITORS: See 4869, Kuznetsov and Pierson Dixon speak at UN on RB 47.
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Background: US Ambassador at the UN Cabot Lodge - addressing the Security Council, New York, July 23, - called for a Council investigation of the RB 46 incident or an adjudication on it by the International Court of Justice. He was speaking in reply to the Russian attempt to have the Security Council condemn the US for its RB 47 flight.
Cabot Lodge said: