Soviets Boycott United Nations Security Council – 1/13/1950

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Jacob Malik, the Soviet representative to the United Nations and for the second during the week, storms out of a meeting that involves the Security Council; the reason this time in reaction to his proposal being defeated in trying to expel the representative to the Nationalist Chinese. During the same time, he declared that the intention of the Soviet Union was to boycott any further Security Council meetings they may have in the future.

Several days before the January 13th meeting was to take place, Malik had previously walked out to demonstrate his displeasure regarding the United Nations’ refusal to have the Nationalist Chinese delegation unseated. The issue was that the Soviet Union had already recognized the communist People’s Republic of China (PRC) as the genuine Chinese government; so, they wanted the Nationalist Chinese delegation at the United Nations replaced for the PRC.

Malik came back on January 13th but he had a specific agenda in mind; he wanted to be present to vote on the resolution from the Soviets to expel Nationalist China. When the votes were counted, three countries voted in support of the resolution; they were India, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. The five countries that voted against it were Egypt, the United States, Cuba, Nationalist China, and Ecuador. 

Immediately, Malik stormed off from the meeting and declared that the United States was “encouraging lawlessness” because they refused to acknowledge the “illegal presence” of the representatives for the Nationalist Chinese. Malik went on saying “even the most convinced reactionaries” had to acknowledge the justness of the resolution by the Soviets. Also, he promised that the Soviet Union would not follow or implement any decisions created by the Security Council so long as the representatives of the Nationalist Chinese remained. In an effort to forestall any future action by the Security Council, Malik made a declaration that the Soviet Union would no longer be present at future meetings. Despite the boycott by the Soviet Union, the members that remained in the Security Council decided to carry on.

The Soviet Union would apparently come to realize that their boycott had backfired in late June of 1950 when the event of North Korea’s invasion into South Korea came before the Security Council. The Security Council voted on June 27th to invoke action of the military by the United Nations; this was the first time in the history of the organization. 

Unfortunately for the Soviet Union, there was an opportunity here they could have voted to block the Security Council’s actions since France, the Unites States, Britain, the Soviet Union and China each had absolute power to veto. However, there was no Russian delegate present to cast a vote. Within the matter of a short time, a multinational U.N. force was sent to South Korea which started what would be known as the grueling three-year conflict of the Korean War.

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