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    At the United Nations last night (12 December), a United States resolution to the Security Council called on India to accept a ceasefire and withdraw its armed forces.

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    TGV INT Security Council seated

    TV Indian delegate walks to his seat

    TV Pakistani delegate walks to his seat.

    CU Ambassador bush speaks:

    CU Indian delegate speaks:

    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 4): BUSH: "One hundred and four countries in the General Assembly--104--supported precisely this course of action. But in defiance of this expression of world opinion, India again said no. they continue to prefer the use of force to peaceful means. India, which over the year, has sought to reflect, in and outside of this chamber, the moral force of the world, the very precepts for which its great leaders--Gandhi and Nehru--stood, is now disregarding the charter of the United Nations. And now developments have reached a point in the area, where Indian military actions have not only led to virtual occupation of East Pakistan, but to a war which is increasingly taking on the earmarks of an attack on the very life of a member stat of this organisation. Pakistan's aims have become clear. It has indeed accepted the General Assembly's resolution passed by the vote of 104 to II."

    (SEQ. 5): SINGH: "My government has taken note of the resolution which the General Assembly adopted at the end of its discussion, on the situation in Bangladesh and on the Indian sub-continent. While it constitutes a testimony of the unimpeachable concern of the United, Nations, for the cause of peace and the good intentions of most of the world community, i is also, in our mind, an acknowledgement of a fundamental and unfortunate limitation which the United Nations suffers from in dealing with such situations. The United Nations had been faced for over nine months with a most challenging problem and the solution which it suggested, was, if I may say so, unrealistic."

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    Background: At the United Nations last night (12 December), a United States resolution to the Security Council called on India to accept a ceasefire and withdraw its armed forces. U.S. Ambassador George bush charged that India was acting in defiance of world opinion by continuing to exercise military force. And, with the help of Soviet vetoes, India had prevented the Security Council from adopting a resolution to curb hostilities.

    In reply, Indian Foreign Minister Sardar Swaran Singh described the United Nations suggested solution to the East Pakistan crisis as unrealistic. Before the emergency session began, a cable from Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said her country was prepared to consider a ceasefire only if Pakistani forces were withdrawn from East Pakistan--which she called Bangladesh.

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