Afghanistan's deputy representatives to the United Nations, Abdul Hakim Tabibi, resigned his post on Friday (4 January) in protest against the Soviet military intervention in his country.
SV AND CU: Reporters seated at press conference given by Deputy Permanent Representative to United Nations for Afghanistan Adbul Hamim Tabibi
CU Mr. Tabibi speaking in English while reporters take notes (3 shots)
TABIBI: "The world should know that on their support indeed depends the future of a small country with empty hands but with great pride and honour and spirit of friendship to all. The Moslems of the world should stand by us because Afghanistan has done so much for the cause of Islam. The Soviet Union, our traditional friend, I repeat our traditional friend should summit to the call of world opinion withdrawing its forces quickly and I am sure by this act Afghanistan and myself at the forefront will always remain as we remained in the past, a sincere friend of that great country. Otherwise they lose our friendship and the friendship and trust of others. The Afghan peoples believe strongly that it needs the cooperation and friendship of all its neighbours, particularly the Soviet Union."
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Background: Afghanistan's deputy representatives to the United Nations, Abdul Hakim Tabibi, resigned his post on Friday (4 January) in protest against the Soviet military intervention in his country. Mr Tabibi, a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, told a press conference that the Soviet Union had violated Afghanistan sovereignty and independence.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Tabibi told reporters that he had not yet decided whether to seek political asylum in the United States but expected to continue his membership of the International law Commission.