320/3–2652: Telegram

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


178. Re slates. Following is status of Pearson candidacy for presidency 7th GA as outlined by George (Canada) to Cory on personal basis:

In George’s judgment fol 21 countries have given what amounts to firm commitments to support Pearson candidacy: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Greece, India, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand, Turkey, South Africa, UK, and US.

In George’s judgment fol 11 countries have expressed strong sympathy and “probably” will support Pearson candidacy: Argentina, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Mexico, Philippines, Sweden, Iceland, Luxembourg, Uruguay.

Canadian Embassy in Washington intends next week to discuss candidacy with Yemen, Iceland, Ethiopia and Luxembourg diplomatic missions.

In addition, Muniz (Brazil) has on volunteer basis consulted with other LA Dels in NY and his govt has done same in LA capitals. According to Muniz, there have been 19 “interested and favorable” replies from LA Dels and capitals.

George feels that Pearson candidacy is proceeding nicely except in NE countries with whom little work has been done. He takes seriously rumored Soviet-bloc candidacy for presidency 7th GA and has some apprehension lest Soviet-bloc might stand off Pearson and Santa Cruz (Chile) become successful dark horse compromise.