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    At the United Nations, the Soviet Union has used its veto in the Security Council to block a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Kampuchea (Cambodia) and for the withdrawal of all foreign forces.

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    GV United Nations Security Council in session

    SV Kuwaiti Ambassador Abdulla Bishara speaking in English

    SV Thai ambassador Pracha Guna-Kasem speaking in English

    GV Council in session

    CU Vietnamese ambassador Ha Van Lau speaking in French

    CU Soviet ambassador Oleg Troyanovsky speaking in Russian

    SCU AND SV PAN Council President Donald Mills of Jamaica calls for vote and announces results (2 shots)

    GV ZOOM IN TO SV Chinese ambassador Chen Chu speaking after vote in Chinese

    BISHARA: "The situation in Kampuchea, Mr. President, is not normal. Confusion and hostilities continue unabated. It is therefore logical to have a reference in the draft resolution to the abnormal situation in Kampuchea, which gives rise to concern about its consequences to international peace and security."

    PRACHA: "Mr. President, Thailand has consistently adhered to the principles of peaceful settlement of international disputes in conformity with the United Nations charter. That is why my delegation fully supports the convening of the Council to discuss the present item."

    MILLS: "Will those in favour of the draft resolution please raise their hands. Those against. Abstentions. Thank you. The result of the voting is as follows. Thirteen votes in favour, two votes against, no abstentions. The draft resolution has not been adopted owing to the negative vote of the permanent member of the Council."

    Also speaking after the vote Mr. Troyanovsky said the Soviet Union voted against the resolution because the Council had refused to listen to "a true representative of Cambodia." He also said that the Chinese statement was proof of their "expansionist policies."

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    Background: At the United Nations, the Soviet Union has used its veto in the Security Council to block a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Kampuchea (Cambodia) and for the withdrawal of all foreign forces. Thirteen of the Council's fifteen members voted in favour, with only the Soviet delegate and Czechoslovakia opposing the draft, which was sponsored by the Council's seven non-aligned members. According to Reuters news agency Kampuchea (Cambodia) and its ally China are considering bringing their dispute with invaders Vietnam supported by the Soviet Union, before the United Nations General Assembly. During the third day of the Security Council debate on Monday (15 January) the draft resolution was introduced by Kuwaiti ambassador abdulla Bishara and supported by Thai ambassador Pracha Guna-Kasem - but Vietnam's ambassador Ha Van Lau and Soviet ambassador Oleg Troyanovsky both called for "authentic" representation from Kampuchea (Cambodia).

    SYNOPSIS: Vietnamese ambassador Ha Van Lau also spoke.

    Speaking in French, Mr. Lau insisted that the only way to achieve a balanced view of the current state of events in Kampuchea (Cambodia) was for what he called an "authentic" representative from the country to be invited to address the Security Council.

    This suggestion was endorsed by Soviet Ambassador Oleg Troyanovsky. Speaking in Russian, he insisted that in the absence of a "legitimate representative" from Kampuchea (Cambodia) adoption of the resolution would constitute an interference in domestic affairs. Council President, Jamaican Ambassador Donald Mills then took the vote.

    Speaking in Chinese after the vote China's ambassador Chen Chu spoke about the results and maintained that the resolution was not strong enough. He went on to say it contained the basic ingredients of what was needed and was supported by his country. He also accused the Soviet Union of criminal aggression.

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