501.BB/10–2647: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Acting Secretary of State


1095. For Bohlen from Ross. Following is text of draft compromise resolution worked out today by the Australian, Canadian and French delegations and telephoned to me this evening.1 This will be discussed in delegation meeting Monday morning.2 The three delegations concerned plan to introduce this resolution at the outset of the 11:00 meeting.

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In the Charter of the UN, the peoples expressed their determination to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors;


The Charter also calls for the promotion of universal respect for, and observance of, fundamental freedoms including freedom of expression, all members having pledged themselves in Article 56 to take joint and separate action for such observance of fundamental freedoms

The GA

condemns all forms of propaganda, in whatsoever countries conducted, which is either designed or likely to provoke or encourage any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression.
requests the Government of each member to take appropriate steps:
To promote by all means of publicity and propaganda available to them friendly relations among nations based on the purposes and principles of the Charter;
To encourage the dissemination of all information designed to give expression to the undoubted desire of all peoples for peace;
directs that this resolution be communicated to the forthcoming Conference on Freedom of Information with a recommendation that the conference consider methods for carrying out the purposes of this resolution.”
  1. For official text, see GA (II), First Committee, p. 577, annex 13f.
  2. October 27.