More than a dozen states, most of them non-aligned, on Friday (11 January) sought support for a General assembly resolution that would call on the Soviet Union to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan.
GV: Japanese Permanent Representative to UN, Masahiro Nisibori speaking in English
SV: Chinese Ambassador Chen Chy speaking with CUTAWAY OF Soviet Ambassador listening
TV: General Assembly
NISIBORI: "In the present crisis, there's tremendous political implications jeopardising international peace and security, and threatening the stability of the region. I should like to point out that many of the countries in the region are still in the process of development. Many of the neighbouring countries, particularly the Islamic countries, have expressed grave concern at the blatant military intervention into Afghanistan. Japan expresses its profound sympathy with their concerns, especially because the military intervention was directed against a non-aligned nation, which has aroused the concern not only of the Third World, but the entire international community as well. Japan, too, fully-shares the serious concern. It is our greatest fear that these incipient regional tensions and imbalances might develop to global proportions. Thus we regard this situation as a threat."
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Background: More than a dozen states, most of them non-aligned, on Friday (11 January) sought support for a General assembly resolution that would call on the Soviet Union to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan. Their proposal, circulated as a working paper -- the customary forerunner to a formal resolution -- did not mention the Soviet Union by name, but referred only to foreign troops. The proposal would also have the Assembly deplore what it called "the recent armed intervention" in Afghanistan. The Assembly opened an emergency debate on the Afghanistan crisis on Thursday (10 January) following a Soviet veto earlier in the week of any action by the Security Council. There is no right of veto in the General Assembly, but its resolutions do not have binding authority. Two of the speakers at Thursday's opening session were the permanent representatives of Japan and China, Masahiro Nisibori and Chen Chu, who both condemned the Soviet action....
SYNOPSIS: The Chinese permanent representative, Mr. Chen Chu, called the moscow action a serious escalation of Soviet aggression abroad. He said it was not an isolated event, but an important component of the Soviet global strategy of pushing southward to the Indian ocean. He alleged this thrust would lead to a Soviet domination of land routes, and could ultimately threaten the Asian continent, leading to Soviet domination of the world. Mr. Chen said the Assembly should condemn the Soviet action, call for an immediate, unconditional withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan, and give firm support to the Afghan people resisting the Soviet intervention.
The General Assembly debate was to continue on Saturday (12 January).