330.11/8–1150: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the United States Representative at the United Nations ( Austin )

secret

143. For Ross from Hickerson. After discussion subject urtel 2571 am firmly of opinion no meeting of six permanent members of UNAEC should be called. Position majority unassailable and cannot be improved by asking Malik whether he still means what he said when he walked out in Jan. We already have Malik’s refusal to participate on the record. Majority statement in letr 30 Jan to SYG, UNAEC, and all UN members is, in effect, report to GA.

A meeting might give an illusion of progress, would divert attention from important issues, and should Malik appear, would risk all the dangers arising from debating again the issue of Chinese representation without any compensating advantages.2 [Hickerson.]

Acheson
  1. In telegram 257 from New York, August 11, Ross reported that Jean Chauvel, French Representative to the U.N. Atomic Energy Commission, had raised the possibility of addressing a communication to Soviet Representative Malik concerning the possibility of his return to the forum of the six sponsoring powers (Malik had returned to the Security Council at the beginning of August) (330.11/8–1150).
  2. In a conversation of August 28, Hickerson informed Chauvel and Sir Gladwyn Jebb, Permanent British Representative at the United Nations and to the U.N. Atomic Energy Commission, of the opposition of the United States to an approach to Malik. He indicated, however, that if the other four sponsors favored such an initiative, the United States would go along with that course of action. (IO Files: US/AEC/51) No evidence that the French proposal was pursued has been found in the files of the Department of State.