After clashes between the United States and Soviet delegates, and a general condemnation by The people's Republic of China, the United Nations Security Council on Saturday (27 October) voted to send a peace-keeping force to the Middle East.
TV INT U.N. delegates seated in Security Council
SV Chinese delegate speaking (English translation)
SV Council President, Australian delegate
MR. CHUANG YEN: "In our statement at the Security Council meeting of August 25th, the Chinese delegation already made it clear that they opposed the despatch of the ???-called U.N. Emergency Force to the Middle East. We're also opposed the sending of threes by the five permanent state members, because the aforesaid practice will only pave the way for further international intervention and control, by the Super-powers as behind-the-scenes authors, thus leaving behind infinite evil consequences in its wake."
SIR LAUBANCE MCINTYE: "Will those in favour of the fraught resolution contained in document S/11054 please raise their hands. (7 sec. pause) Those against. Abstentions. The result of the voting is as follows: In favour, 13; against, none; abstentions, ??? one member of the Council not participating. Accordingly, the draught res??? has been adopted."
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THE FILM INCLUDES A TRANSLATION OF A PORTION OF THE CHINESE DELEGATE'S SPEECH AND THE SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT'S VOTE TALLY.
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Background: After clashes between the United States and Soviet delegates, and a general condemnation by The people's Republic of China, the United Nations Security Council on Saturday (27 October) voted to send a peace-keeping force to the Middle East.
The resolution exempted the council's permanent members -- the U.S., U.S.S.R., France, United Kingdom, and China -- from contributing troops tot he 7,000-member force. The final vote was 14 to none -- with The people's Republic of China refusing to participate.
Mr. Chuang Yen, Deputy Chief of the Chinese delegation, opposed the peace-keeping operation, saying it would pave the way to further intervention by the Super-Powers.
The U.S. and U.S.S.R. clashed over the inclusion of troops from eastern Europe. The final Resolution says that contingents will be selected "bearing in mind the accepted principle of equitable geographical representation."
In this background, U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim began the delicate task of recruiting an additional 6,000 troops. The first 600 men -- from the Finnish and Swedish contingents on Cyprus -- arrived in Cairo on Saturday night.
Mr. Waldheim's report said the expenses of the force were estimated to be GBP 12 million sterling ($30 million dollars) for the first six months