The Soviet Union, with its second veto in less than 24 hours, on Sunday night (5 December) blocked the United Nations Security Council's efforts to obtain a ceasefire in the war between India and Pakistan.
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Background: The Soviet Union, with its second veto in less than 24 hours, on Sunday night (5 December) blocked the United Nations Security Council's efforts to obtain a ceasefire in the war between India and Pakistan.
The Council adjourned after the Soviet action and were planning a final bid today (Monday 6 December) to obtain unanimous agreement on a ceasefire resolution.
The resolution which the Soviet Union vetoed was submitted by Argentina, Belgium, Burundi, Italy, Japan, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone and Somalia. The United States, the People's Republic of China and nine other members voted for it while Britain and France abstained.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet Union vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution for a ceasefire in the war between India and Pakistan for the second time in less than 24 hours on Sunday evening. Plans to transfer the problem to the General Assembly, where there is no veto, were being held in abeyance while Security Council delegates consulted on a last-chance draft introduced by the Italian delegation.
The Ambassador from the People's Republic of China, Mr Huang Hua, attacked the Soviet veto, and later came under angry criticism for what has been termed "name-calling" and "personal assault" on the Soviet delegatio led by Deputy Foreign Minister Jacob Malik.
China had voted for a ceasefire resolution and against the vats from the Soviet Union which was supported by Poland. Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Malik said the Chinese name-calling was emphasising the difference between their two countries and was delighting Western bystanders.
The Security Council was scheduled to meet on Monday afternoon to try again to reach unanimous agreement on the ceasefire resolution.