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TRANSCRIPT: Announcer. Adlai Stevenson will be remembered as a political candidate who excited and attracted a lot of people previously not interested in politics, as the man who caused the word "Egg-Head" to become part of our political language; who was famed for his wit, causing politicians however to wonder if the wit really was a political asset; the question is still not answered. But he will also be remembered for his work at the United Nations, and perhaps particularly for the sessions in October 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis when he debated bitterly with Russia's U.N. Ambassador Zorin.
DEBATE STARTS 22', DATE TITLE ON PICTURE " 25TH, OCTOBER 1962"
Stevenson. Alright Sir, let me ask you one simple question; Do you ambassador Zorin, deny that the U.S.S.R. has placed and is placing medium and intermediate range missiles and sites in Cuba, Yes or No? Don't wait for the translation, Yes or No.
Zorin. I am not in an American courtroom, sir, and therefore I do not wish to answer a question that is put to me in the fashion in which prosecutor does. In due course, sir you will have your reply.
Stevenson. .........world opinion right now and you can answer Yes or No; you have denied that they exist, I want to know if I have understood you correctly.
Zorin. Sir, will you please continue your statement, you will have your answer in due course.
Stevenson. I am prepared to wait for my answer until hell freezes over if that's your decision and I'm also prepared to present the evidence in this room
I would hope the Soviet Union would ask it's Cuban colleague to permit a United Nations team to go to these sites, if so, I can assure you we can direct them to the proper places very quickly. And now I hope that we can get down to business, that we can stop this sparring; we know the facts and so do you, sir, and we are ready to talk about them. Our job here isn't to score debating points, our job, Mr. Zorin, is to save the peace and if you're ready to try, we are.
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