At the United Nations, on November 23, the General Assembly called for the immediate withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in a vote which showed the biggest majority since Soviet forces entered the country four years ago.
GV General Assembly chamber.
SV Afghanistan Permanent Representative, Farid Zarif, speaking as delegates from Pakistan and Soviet Union look on. (English SOT) (5 SHOTS)
GV President of the General Assembly Jorge Illueca asks for votes. (Spanish SOT) (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV Voting board showing countries which voted; Illueca announcing vote. (Spanish SOT) (5 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: ZARIF: (SEQ 2) "The blatant violation of the United Nations Charter... the sponsors of this draft resolution have validated to themselves the right to advise the Afghan people, what kind of socio-economic and political system they should adopt. We must emphasize that the Afghan people have already chosen their path and that nothing will deter them from following it. Despite the imperialist, hegemonist and reactionary undeclared war lodged against our revolution and people of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, with resolute support and backing of the people, has continued with firm determination to implement a comprehensive programme of economic and social reforms in the interest of the overwhelming majority of our proud and noble people."
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Background: At the United Nations, on November 23, the General Assembly called for the immediate withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in a vote which showed the biggest majority since Soviet forces entered the country four years ago. The vote was 116 to 20, with 27 abstentions. The resolution was sponsored by 15 countries and spearheaded by Pakistan which has given asylum to about three million Afghan refugees. It was the fifth time the Assembly had called for a foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, but in each case the Soviet Union was not named. The latest draft resolution was criticised by the Afghan Permanent Representative, Farid Zarif, who accused the United Nations of interfering in the internal affairs of his country. The Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc nations were among those who voted against the resolution. The Soviet Union says the Kabul Government invited Soviet troops into Afghanistan in December 1979, to help repel attacks by Pakistan-based "counter-revolutionaries" allegedly supported by the United States, China and other countries. More than 100,000 Soviet troops are reportedly in Afghanistan fighting guerrillas seeking to overthrow the government of Babrak Karmal.