Soviet bloc members have walked out of their third United Nations meeting in two weeks (May 24) when a representative of the ousted Cambodian regime got up to speak in a debate on Namibia.
SV Czechoslovakia's representative Ilja Hulinsky speaking in Russian
SV Chinese delegate Lai ya Li speaking in Chinese
SV Cambodian delegate Youran Chan speaking in French
GV Numerous delegates walking out of assembly (2 shots)
SV President of the General Assembly and others listening while Youran Chan continues talking
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Background: Soviet bloc members have walked out of their third United Nations meeting in two weeks (May 24) when a representative of the ousted Cambodian regime got up to speak in a debate on Namibia. Delegates from communist countries had earlier stated similar walkouts at a UN disarmament Commission meeting and at the Philippines UNCTAD conference. But the UN continues to recognise the overthrown Pol Pot regime.
SYNOPSIS: Czechoslovakia's ambassador to the UN Ilja Hulinsky, spoke on behalf of the Soviet bloc. He said that the Pol Pot government was illegal and its representation in the assembly invalid.
Deputy representative Lai Ya Li of China spoke in favour of the Pol Pot delegate's right to stay. China has not recognised the new regime which came to power last year backed by Vietnamese forces. He said China upheld the validity of the Cambodian representative and would continue to do so despite pressure from the Soviet bloc. The continuing controversy over which Cambodian regime should be recognised within the structure of the United Nations brought a lengthy debate on Namibia to a standstill.
Despite Soviet protests Cambodian permanent presentative Youran Chan started to speak accusing the Soviet bloc of sabotaging the work of his government and the assembly. The Soviets promptly walked out. This latest walkout was thought unlikely to be the last of its type until the status of Pol Pot's delegation at the UN is resolved.