Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin demanded Monday (June 19) that Israel withdraw from all occupied?
Premier Kosygin speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: PREMIER KOSYGIN: "The Arab states, which fell victim to aggression, are entitled to expect that their sovereignty, territorial integrity and legitimate rights and interests which have been violated by an armed attack will be restored fully and without delay. We repeat that this means first of the withdrawal of Israel forces from the occupied territories. This today is the key question without which there can be no easement tension in the middle east. And all politicaI leaders know this very well. Elimination of the consequences of aggression also means restitut??? the material damage inflicted by the aggressor upon those who it atta??? and whose lands it occupied and pillaged. The actions of the Israeli forces and the Israeli aircraft have resulted in the destruction of homes, industrial projects, roads and transportation in the United Arab Republic, Syria and Jordan. Israel is duty bound to reimburse the full costs of all that it has destroyed. To return all captured property. It is duty bound to do this within the shortest possible time. Can this session measure up to the task? Can it attain it? Yes, we think it can! The General Assembly should pronounce itself authoritatively in favor of justice, in favor of peace. The Soviet Union and its delegate are ready to work together with other countries whose representatives have assembled in this hall. We are ready to work together with all other states and delegations in order to achieve this peaceful end."
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Background: Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin demanded Monday (June 19) that Israel withdraw from all occupied areas in the Arab nations so that a climate might be created for peace in the middle east.
The Soviet leader, addressing a special emergency session of the UN General Assembly, accused the United States of encouraging Israel to make war on the Arabs. He warned that renewed conflict in the Middle East could lead to nuclear war. Kosygin spoke only an hour after President Johnson of United States delivered a major foreign policy speech in which he urged the United Nations not take rigid attitudes in the search for middle east stability.
Kosygin attacked U.S. foreign policy in virtually all areas of tension in the world, from Viet Nam to Cuba but reserved his bitteres blasts for the U.S. and British roles in the drama of Israel's swift victory over the Arabs early this month.
Kosygin issued a "categorical demand" that all Israeli forces be withdrawn from the Suez Canal zone and all other occupied territories.
The Soviet Premier also said the United States and Britain encourage Israel in its war on the Arabs -- particularly through activities of U.S. Sixth Fleet.
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