The chairman of the Soviet Union, Aleksei Kosygin Sunday night (25 June) demanded the withdrawal of United States forces from Vietnam as a prerequisite to improvement of Soviet American relations.
Chairman Kosy in talking.
TRANSCRIPT: "WE came to New York to take part in the emergency special session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, which was convened on the initiative of the Soviet Union. We called for this session in connection with the complicated situation in the Middle East, and you all know that the Soviet Union took several steps to try to prevent aggression in the Middle East area. But these efforts on our part were not crowned with success and war did break out, a war caused by the aggression unleashed by Israel. We believe that the United Nations, and indeed all the people and states of the world should do all they can to prevent war from again breaking out in the Middle East. And you know that after the aggression war perpetuated and the war broke out, the Security Council took several measures to bring about cease-fire, and we for our part also tried to take steps to bring about a cease-fire between Israel and the Arab states."
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Background: The chairman of the Soviet Union, Aleksei Kosygin Sunday night (25 June) demanded the withdrawal of United States forces from Vietnam as a prerequisite to improvement of Soviet American relations. The Soviet leaders made the statement at a lengthy press conference held at the United Nations in New York after his second meeting with President Johnson at Glassboro, New Jersey, earlier in the day.
Here is a transcript of some of Mr. Kosygin's remarks as recorded on our film: