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


Gadel 562. Re Indians in South Africa Delgas 754 and 800. Dept believes five power draft Res as unlikely achieve desired end as last year’s Res and previous efforts. Passage wld only exacerbate feelings, solve nothing and keep problem coming back in GA every year.

While Dept believes chance of settlement this case thru UN action remote, sees no harm in attempting a fresh approach such as USDel idea of neutral individual to bring parties together. We believe however [Page 861] USDel has gone as far as it can or shld at this time by planting seed. If it germinates in minds of sponsors you may help in pruning, but if it needs cultivating UK shld be head gardener in commonwealth garden.

USDel shld approach UKDel on this basis to encourage UK play lead in seeking solution.