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330/7–450: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the United States Mission at the United Nations


14. 1. Dept is submitting in the next fol tel revision of proposed SC draft Res in connection with the Korean problem. The text takes into consideration some of the suggestions which Noyes discussed with Wainhouse yesterday,1 as well as those which the SYG included in his memo to USUN 2 as reported by Noyes.

2. Since this proposed Res recommends that all Members providing mil forces and other assistance make such forces and assistance available to a unified command under the US, and further requests the US to designate the commander of such forces, it would be desirable for some other friendly member of the Council to introduce the Res. It is suggested that you consult prior to the meeting with all friendly members of the Council and seek to have an agreed text.

3. Dept wld much prefer to have the Res include the draft text through numbered paragraph 6. If, however, strong pressure develops for the estab of a SC Comite, you may submit paras 7 and 8 to meet that pressure and stave off less desirable proposals.

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4. Dept is not wedded to the method proposed in its draft Res of selecting the SC Comite. It wld be disposed to have the SC itself name the 5 Reps. However, we do not agree with the composition of the Comite suggested by the SYG. As we understand his slate, it is US, UK, France, India and Norway. We believe there ought to be a Latin American State on it, and wld wish to see Cuba or Ecuador, preferably Cuba on the Comite in lieu of Norway.

5. Dept has no objection to your accepting the suggestion of the SYG that he be designated as Rapporteur of any Comite that may be estab.3 This wld be in accordance with Rule 23 of SC Provisional Rules of Procedure.

6. If the SC shld meet to consider the draft Res we suggest Wed. or Thurs,4 preferably Thurs to provide more time for consultation and instructions from Govts.

7. We have no objection to ROK being invited to participate in Comite discussions. We do not believe, however, that it is necessary to provide specifically for such participation in the SC Res since the Comite itself wld have authority to take such action. We believe that if the question of participation of the ROK is raised, many other states, both Members and non-Members on the SC, will likewise wish to have the SC invite them to participate in the discussions. This might tend to confuse the situation and impede the passage of the Res.

8. Dept. of Defense has informally cleared text of draft Res. You will be advised as soon as we obtain its formal clearance. Pending this formal clearance, your consultations with other Dels will have to be on a tentative basis indicating lines of our thought without final commitments.

  1. See the memorandum of conversations by Mr. Noyes, July 3, p. 292.
  2. Not printed, but see Trygve Lie, In the Cause of Peace (New York, The Macmillan Company, 1954), pp. 333–334.
  3. In a memorandum of July 4, not printed, to General Burns, Mr. Hickerson explained that this suggestion was intended to eliminate Mr. Zinchenko, the Assistant Secretary-General in charge of Security Council Affairs, from the administrative handling of this aspect of the matter in the proposed Security Council Committee (330/7–450).
  4. July 5 and 6.