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    At the United Nations the new Deputy Premier of Afghanistan, Mr. Hasizullah Amin, has told?

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    CU Deputy Premier of Afghanistan, Mr. Hasizullah Amin listening to questions and replying.

    Mr. Amin's answers followed a similar line to that taken by his leader, President Nur Mohammed Tarakki, that his government did not have strong links with Moscow.

    QUESTIONER: "I've seen an article in a Sunday magazine picturing Afghanistan as a Soviet satellite state, what's your reaction to that?

    AMIN: "Well that's a false publication of imperialist and reactionary circles. Any government who is working for the people as people and for working people, they call it a satellite of the Soviet Union. That is strange that, isn't it? That the government is working for its own people and it's called a satellite of the Soviet Union."

    QUESTIONER: "Do you care to call the government a military government and if so do you forecese at any specific time a people's election?"

    AMIN: "It is not actually a military government but the military regulations are in effect. It is directed through a revolutionary council which the majority of the members of the council are not military. They are civilians, they are members of the political party, People's Democratic Party."

    QUESTIONER: "Do you see an election?"

    AMIN: "Of course, when the time comes we hope to reach our expectation, this is our intention to elect our revolutionary party through election."

    "More than one party?"

    AMIN: "We will see it later, this depends on how the situation develops."

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    Background: At the United Nations the new Deputy Premier of Afghanistan, Mr. Hasizullah Amin, has told the General Assembly that his country's new government is the creation of the people by revolution. He said on Monday (5 June) that the government was not the result of a coup d'etat and added that charges that the new government had been aided by Soviet and was now " a satellite of the Soviet Union" were falsehoods of imperialism.

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