UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK
Afghanistan's United Nations representative, Mohammed Zarif, said there was no doubt that the undeclared war against Afghanistan was but a regional extension of the United States global policy of "aggression, expansionism, and intimidation".
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK
1. GV & SV Afghan permanent representative to UN, Farid Zarif speaking (ENGLISH SOT). Other delegates listening (5 shots) 2.12
2. SV Pakistan Foreign Minister Sahabzada Yaqub-Khan speaking (ENGLISH SOT). Other delegations listening (4 shots) 4.10
ZARIF: (SEQ. ONE): "Mr President, everybody understands full well that the human (indistinct) by the enemies of our revolution, or the entry into Afghanistan of limited contingents of Soviet troops, was caused by the virtual collapse of all heinous designs for forcing Afghanistan back into the annals of its past history. Now that they are completely convince that their initial aims cannot be accomplished, they're sparing no effort to prevent a political settlement and to preserve the present tense situation. They're dispatching ever-larger quantities of armaments to counter-revolutionaries and adding more and more sophisticated weapons to those consignments. They're pouring hundreds of millions of dollars each year into the hands of counter revolutionary ringleaders, in bribing the government of Pakistan with billions of dollars' worth of arms and economic assistance. The fact that the undeclared war is launched, and invariably sustained by imperialist (indistinct) reactionary forces, and would completely disappear as soon as a stop is put to the financial assistance to counter-revolutionaries, has been (indistinct) by the perpetrators of this war. The Washington Post, in an issue of October, 1983, said that counter-revolutionaries need the supplies (indistinct) in Pakistan, in order to continue the war. The publication "Soldier of Fortune" and the leaders of the United States Administration are in full agreement that the war in Afghanistan could not have been fought, had there not been a Pakistan factor. The "Soldier of Fortune" points out, in its most recent issue, that, quote, "without Pakistan to operate from, the Mujaheddin could not wage a war". The United States Defence Secretary, Caspar Weinberger, stated before the foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, that, quote, "without a confident Pakistan, the resistance in Afghanistan will waver."
YAQUB-KHAN: (SEQ. TWO): "A just political settlement of the Afghanistan issue is regarded by Pakistan as imperative. This important consideration was demonstrated by our acceptance of the format of proximity talks suggested last April, and reflected in the positive approach adopted by us in Geneva 3 last August. This positive attitude on our part, and restraint exercised by us in the face of the recent, serious violations of our border from the Afghanistan side, are a testimony to our seriousness of purpose. Pakistan is keen to see progress towards a comprehensive settlement, and is prepared to cooperate with the Secretary-General in removing any difficulties relating to its own obligations and commitments arising form the comprehensive settlement. But I'd like to add that neither Pakistan, nor indeed the United Nations, can be expected to acquiesce in any settlement that fails to address the core of the Afghanistan issue which, in judgement of the international community, is the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan. Mr President, a reasonable political settlement should be based on the recognition of the situation created inside Afghanistan by the foreign military intervention in that country. Attempts to place the blame on Pakistan, to the contrived charges of outside interference, would only serve to thwart the search for a political solution and the return of peace and normality to that country."
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Background: UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK
Afghanistan's United Nations representative, Mohammed Zarif, said there was no doubt that the undeclared war against Afghanistan was but a regional extension of the United States global policy of "aggression, expansionism, and intimidation". He also accused China and Pakistan and their allies of not wanting a solution to the Afghan war. Pakistani Foreign Minister Sahabzada Yaqub Khan, opening the General Assembly debate on the Soviet military presence in Afghanistan, said shelling from Afghanistan had resulted in heavy loss of life within the past three months in his country. As part of his speech, he introduced a resolution, similar to those adopted annually since 1980, calling for immediate withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.