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Sardar Patel
 Posted: Mar 3 2014, 06:20 PM
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We find it necessary to create and enact a resolution which will:
-condemn the USSR and the USA for grave mismanagement of the situation, what led to the military confrontation
-deem Hokkaido and surrounding waters a demilitarized zone under protection of UN peacekkeping forces
-establish an investigation team to investigate whether Japan secretly remilitarized and whether military action of the USSR was justified
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Harry S. Truman
 Posted: Mar 3 2014, 06:29 PM
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The United States has not mismanaged this situation. It is likely the Soviet Union believes they have not either, so we can safely assume article one is dead on arrival.



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Joseph Stalin
 Posted: Mar 3 2014, 06:35 PM
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We vehemently disagree to any resolution condemning the USSR for doing what was necessary to protect its citizens from a remilitarizing Japan. Granted that the United States is likely to oppose condemnation of its particular role in causing this crisis, we propose to strike down the mentioned proposal immediately. That being said, the USSR as previously stated, is not willing to withdraw from Hokkaido until assurances have been made that Japan will not in fact continue its remilitarization, that Japan accepts perpetual neutrality in foreign affairs.

Our proposal differs from the Indian proposal. We propose that a United Nations Transitional Authority replace the current occupational forces, as they are clearly non-neutral in their mission and cannot effectively carry out the stated mission. Secondly, we propose that this transitional authority provides for a new constitution for the State of Japan in accordance with the democratic approval of the Japanese people, containing clauses prohibiting the nation from ever maintaining standing armed forces or armed forces in general aside from units for policing and internal security, as well as clauses prohibiting the nation from ever aligning itself militarily with any country, or otherwise violating neutrality in all foreign interactions.

Under this transitional authority Japan would regain sovereignty once a new constitution is adopted and free and fair elections occur electing a new government, and Japan could then join the United Nations. Under this circumstance all powers would also conclude a treaty of peace, officially ending the Japanese question, and allowing Asia to forever live in peace.
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Sardar Patel
 Posted: Mar 3 2014, 06:38 PM
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We urge US and Soviet representatives to abstain from voting on the resolution, once it is ready (although constructive participation in the discussion will welcomed). Recent events hit UN prestige and authority badly enough. Now the USA and the USSR should let the UN work.
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Sardar Patel
 Posted: Mar 3 2014, 06:41 PM
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The Soviet proposal is in line with our idea introduced on the Asian-African Conference. We are glad to see the common ground.
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Harry S. Truman
 Posted: Mar 3 2014, 06:44 PM
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Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers and a framework was established by the allies to govern Japan until such a time as it was prepared to reenter the international community. The Allies have crafted a reasonable and workable constitution for the Japanese people. It will be up to them to alter it at some point in the future.

The United States spent years and thousands of lives liberating Asia and Japan from the foot soldiers of a tyrannical government. However; during the occupation we discovered exactly what we expected to find: most Japanese are honest, peace loving people. The United States has no intention of reneging on our commitment to transition our portion of occupied Japan into the future.

The United States will not participate in negotiations over the future of Japan so long as American soldiers remain hostages and Soviet troops occupy Hokkaido.

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Joseph Stalin
 Posted: Mar 3 2014, 07:06 PM
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We find the current framework to be unworkable, as was clearly demonstrated in this crisis. Thus the framework must be replaced with a neutral organization which has no political leanings; something which cannot be said for the United States. We find the current constitution too vague; personally Moscow regards it as perfectly clear, however the Japanese regime seems bent on interpreting it in such a manner as to allow it to maintain military forces, which is absolutely unacceptable. Thus its replacement is paramount if any negotiations are to succeed.

Additionally, there are no American hostages on the island of Hokkaido presently.
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Harry S. Truman
 Posted: Mar 3 2014, 07:12 PM
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There are no American prisoners of war on Hokkaido, so they must be hostages. Unless they are free to leave?

Japan has not posed a threat to the Soviet Union since September 1945. Any suggestion otherwise is fantasy.

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Joseph Stalin
 Posted: Mar 3 2014, 07:24 PM
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Do we run the United States' national security affairs? I do not believe so. We expect nothing less from Washington. What threat you believe Japan posses to our country is irrelevant.
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Juan Peron
 Posted: Mar 4 2014, 07:18 AM
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We find ourselves in agreement with India.

The world is only 5 years out of what has been the greatest bloodshed this Earth has ever known. Now it seems that both Washington and Moscow are intent on pulling us all into another letting of blood that will be greater than that of 1939 to 1945.

The Argentine Government urges both the USSR and the USA to pull back. We "smaller" nations are sick and tired of war, machismo, and sabre rattling by the two "super" powers.

The Argentine Ambassador to the UN, Edelmiro Julian Farrell


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If I have to apply five turns to the screw each day for the happiness of Argentina, I will do it. - Eva Peron
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Sardar Patel
 Posted: Mar 5 2014, 04:15 PM
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Due to vehement opposition from both the USA and the USSR, what we find utterly regrettable and irresponsible, we have to scale down our proposal. We propose to establish the UN special investigation teamt to investigate the following issues:
-whether Japan took serious steps toward remilitarization and what role the USA played in
-whether military action of the USSR was justified and whether it was legal

However, we are not going to surrender to the way how the USA and the USSR selfishly take advantage of their veto power with grave, open disregard of the purpose this tool was designed for. You left us with no other choice than to, in cooperation with other emerging nations, submit to the UN General Assembly a resolution condemning the USSR and the USA. Although UNGA resolutions are not legally binding, the resolution on this matter shall be a strong political and moral message to the USA and the USSR that the world, hopefully including allies of both of you, does not want to see another great war, does not agree on militaristic adventurism and above all expects both of you to respect leading role of the UN in pro-peace actions and crisis management and to meet obligations both of you made signing the Charter of the United Nations.
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Charles De Gaulle
 Posted: Mar 6 2014, 09:27 AM
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France calls for easing of confrontation, withdrawal of Soviet Troops from Japanese islands and for the USA and USSR to come to a negotiation table.

We also note the USSR's attempts at forcing western hands with its first UN discussion being that of making the UNSC defunct simply because France, Britain and the United States wouldn't bend to his will. We ask that all nations remember that the United States is not necessarily acting in aggression in these circumstances but rather, the Soviet Union is.
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Joseph Stalin
 Posted: Mar 6 2014, 04:40 PM
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The USSR has merely opposed the condemnation of its actions which were legitimate and lawful, and not the Indian proposal in principle. We are however somewhat apprehensive that any Soviet withdrawal at this time will lead to an immediate American entrance into the island and its surrounding areas, further threatening our national security - more so than Japan had prior. As such we once more resubmit our comprehensive proposal for resolving this situation diplomatically, which elaborates upon the Indian proposal:

- An agreement by all powers to transfer sovereignty to a United Nations Transitional Government in Japan which would oversee full demilitarization, and a withdrawal of all forces - Soviet, American, Canadian, and all other Allied forces - from the Japanese home islands;
- The UN Transitional Government to oversee a new constitution securing Japanese demilitarization and perpetual neutrality, ensuring that militarist and imperialist factions can never again wage a war of unprecedented horror and furiosity;
- New elections and transfer of sovereignty to the government of Japan thereafter elected under the new constitutional mechanism

We find this UN-led approach to be the most lawful, transparent, and applicable in the situation at hand.

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Harry S. Truman
 Posted: Mar 6 2014, 05:38 PM
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I would refer to our previous comment that the United States has no intention of transferring any authority in Japan to any other body. It was the Soviet Union that launched an illegal and immoral attack against the United States and Japan and we do not intend to reward that behavior.

The United States will not recognize a General Assembly resolution that would glorify the Soviet Union's gross violation of the UN Charter.

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Joseph Stalin
 Posted: Mar 6 2014, 07:47 PM
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America is clinging to its hegemony over the fate of Japan in order to establish a puppet state which will forward its interests. We have already seen this time and time again, and now the Americans are openly helping the Japanese violate the constitution written by General MacArthur in order to remilitarize the same people who went on a rampage throughout Asia and the Pacific for eight years. We will not allow for this, nor for the security of our Far East district to be threatened by such blatant disregard for all agreements signed by the Allied powers with regards to Japan.

The United States is uninterested in peace, or utilizing the UN and its mechanisms for what it was made for. Instead it is openly preparing for a counterattack against Soviet forces on Hokkaido, without regard for civilian lives. Carrier groups have been moved into the area, and over two hundred thousand troops are moving into Japan in a wave of mobilization of the American military, ostensibly for the "protection of the home islands," yet the Soviet Union has not made a single move toward Honshu or any other Japanese territories.

The United States is on a string on international violations: the invasion of Greece, and the starving of islands into submission in the most barbaric and inhumane manners possible; threats of force against Iraq, and the illegal transfer of British bases to NATO and American support for it; condoning and actively participating in the remilitarization of Japan, a defeated axis power. All the USSR has done was occupy an island for the stated goal of peace and security, which we have repeatedly stated can be guaranteed by implementing a simple amendment to Japan's Constitution. This has been refused time and time again, and until such a guarantee is made Hokkaido will remain under Soviet occupation for security reasons. We are prepared to use any means necessary - including activation of European assets - to protect our country from American aggression in the Pacific.

We demand that this council move forward with talks on how to solve this issue, for any attack against the Soviet Union will bring about grave consequences for the United States and its allies.
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