Editorial Note

In pursuance of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 401 (V), November 20, 1950 (see the Position Paper of July 20, supra) the United Nations Economic and Social Council at its 13th Session in Geneva, July 30–September 21, considered the question of land reform, particularly at its 533d to 541st plenary meetings, September 3–7. At its 541st meeting, September 7, the Council adopted Resolution 370 (XIII), which was based upon a United States draft resolution (E/L246/Rev 1) of September 3. For the text of the Council’s Resolution 370 (XIII), the United States draft resolution, and an account of the Council’s deliberations, see Yearbook of the United Nations, 1951 (New York, United Nations Department of Public Information, 1952), pages 404–408. The position of the United States on land reform was set forth formally in a speech by Isador Lubin, United States Representative on the Council, at the Council’s session on September 3; for the text, see Department of State Bulletin, September 17, 1951, pages 467–473.

During its Sixth Regular Session in Paris, November 6, 1951 to February 5, 1952, the United Nations General Assembly considered the question of land reform. The issue was considered in particular by the Assembly’s Second Committee at its 176th to 180th meetings, January 7–10, 1952. A nine-power (including the United States) resolution endorsing the Economic and Social Council’s Resolution 370 (XIII) was approved by the Second Committee on January 10 and was adopted by the General Assembly on January 12, 1952, as Resolution 524 (VI). For the text of the General Assembly resolution and an account of its passage through the Second Committee and the Assembly, see Yearbook of the United Nations, 1951, pages 409411. [Page 1682] The United States position on land reform was set forth in a speech made in the Second Committee on December 20 by United States Delegate to the General Assembly Channing Tobias; for the text of the speech, see Department of State Bulletin, January 14, 1952, pages 63–66.