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    The United Nations General Assembly will debate the situation in Afghanistan.

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    GV INTERIOR United Nations General Assembly New York.

    SV Soviet delegate Oleg Troyanovsky.

    SV Afghanistan delegate Mohammed Zarif speaking in English.

    SV Pakistan delegate Niaz Naik speaking in English including cutaway to General Assembly and back to Niaz Naik speaking.

    ZARIF: "The Afghanistan delegation therefore resolutely objects the inclusion into the agenda of the thirty fifth session of the United National General Assembly of the item entitled the situation in Afghanistan and its implications under international peace and security. In conclusion Mr. President I would like to request the chair to reflect the statements of the delegation of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan in the records of the committee. I thank you sir."

    NAIK: "The situation in Afghanistan which continues to deteriorate constitutes a potentially most dangerous threat to regional and international peace and security. The foreign armed intervention still continues. The outflow of Afghan refugees in to the neighbouring countries of Pakistan and Iran also continues and in my country alone there are over one million Afghan refugees here. But Mr. President as I assured you at the beginning of my statement I am not going to go into the substantive aspects of that. But let me take this opportunity just to place on record that we categorically reject some of the insinuations that have been made by the previous speaker with the regard to the circumstances under which the foreign armed intervention was invited that the external intervention which continues into that country and it is no longer an internal matter of that particular country. But Mr. President, in view of the gravity of the situation we strongly feel that it is imperative that the General Assembly should remain seized (as heard) of the situation and the members' states given full consideration of its thirty fifth session and this can only be done by inscribing the item on the agenda of the thirty fifth session. Thank you very much sir."

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    Background: The United Nations General Assembly will debate the situation in Afghanistan. The Assembly's steering committee on Wednesday (17 September) voted in favour of a debate on the issue despite strong objections from the Soviet Union. Last January the Assembly called for an immediate withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. The Soviet Union has ignored the appeal.

    SYNOPSIS: More than thirty members proposed the new debate. Soviet chief delegate Oleg Troyanovsky claimed that the Assembly would be interfering in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan delegate Mohammed Zarif agreed.

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