330/6–2950: Telegram

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


JUNE 30, 1950


566. Re status and role of UNCOK under current situation in Korea, Cordier (UN) told USUN today that Katzin’s first task in new position [Page 247] of personal representative of UN SYG with UNCOK1 would be to visit SCAP headquarters for discussion of relationships to SCAP and general problem of coordination. Katzin will be placed in position over Renborg, principal secretary of UNCOK, and has been given very strong briefing by UN SyG re importance of keeping UNCOK role prominent with respect to relationship with SCAP.

Cordier also stated that he had told member of Australian delegation to UN how important it was that UN be straightened all along the line at this time, including particularly representation on UNCOK. Received indication from Australian delegate that Colonel Hodgson might be replacement for Jamieson, present Australian representative on UNCOK. Cordier added that he might make similar approaches to certain other member states having representatives of UNCOK.

UN also plans to set up small administrative office in Tokyo to be headquarters for general administration and liaison in that area.

In re UNCOK military observers, Cordier reported that in addition to the two Australian observers now with UNCOK and two Salvadorans already reported in readiness, Canada and Philippines were shortly sending two military observers each. Because of present situation in Korea, including food problem, Cordier hopes additional observers will not be added at this time.

  1. Following passage of the U.N. Security Council resolution of June 27, Secretary-General Lie appointed Alfred G. Katzin as his Personal Representative in Korea to represent him in relations with UNCOK, the Republic of Korea, and all military forces operating in conformity with the Security Council resolutions. Colonel Katzin presented his credentials to UNCOK at Taejon, Korea on July 6, 1950. (See U.N. document A/1350, pp. 31, 35.)