A Cuban bid to have the United Nations General assembly include an item on "colonialism in Puerto Rico" on its agenda was defeated on Thursday (23 September).
GV EXT. UN building.
SV INT. Delegates seated in General Assembly.
SCU Bush speaks
SV Tomeh speaks
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 3: BUSH: "The people of Puerto Rico will again have an opportunity to register their political choice at the polls. In November of 1972 a free election, a contested election, a concept - alien I might add - to our distinguished friend from Cuba. And no political party will be prevented from participating because it advocates a political programme different from that of the majority. the fact that a tiny infinitesimal majority in Puerto Rico holds contrary views is not unique. There are such minorities in my country, and I suspect there are in each of your countries. You had a plebescite. You had a vote. There would be a tiny minority that would want to do it in some way different from the way in which your governments are constituted. and indeed this is true, I would say, round the world. But for these reasons, the United States strongly supports the recommendation of the general Committee."
SEQ 5: TOMEH: "Speaking about the plebescite, the so-called plebescite in Puerto Rico - he said, or ended by saying, a tiny little portion voted for independence. Mr. President, the pages of human history are full with lost causes, or what appeared at the time to be lost causes, Later, they enlighten ed the whole history of mankind with the meaning of lost causes. Majorities are for those who can rig tem. Majorities are for those who can buy them. Majorities, in a so-called free system, are for those who can dominate the press and buy the greatest and largest number of shares in the corporations of the mass media."
N.B. The sound on film is comprised of the addresses made by the two men.
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Background: A Cuban bid to have the United Nations General assembly include an item on "colonialism in Puerto Rico" on its agenda was defeated on Thursday (23 September). The Assembly's general Committee voted the move down by ten votes to five, with eight abstentions.
The United States delegate, George Bush, had opposed the Cuban move, calling it an interference in American internal affairs. Speaking to the general Assembly on Friday (24 September), Mr. Bush supported the stand taken by the General Committee, and commented on the presence of free elections in Puerto Rico.
The Syrian delegate, George Tomeh, rebutted the speech by Mr. Bush, with particular reference to a plebescite in Puerto Rico.