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UN Assembly gears up to call for Afghan pullout

January 15, 1980

United Nations, N.Y.

The General Assembly was expected to approve Monday a call for the total withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan -- a decision blocked a week ago in the Security Council by a Soviet veto. Neither resolution mentioned the Russians by name, but the nonaligned states sponsoring the Assembly proposal made clear in three days of debate to whom their appeal was addressed.

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Their resolution would also deeply deplore the armed intervention in Afghanistan. While a precise tally of support for the resolution could not be made, some diplomats said more than 100 members might vote for it.