Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State for United Nations Affairs (Hickerson) to the Deputy Under Secretary of State (Matthews)
The enclosed memorandum deals with the subject of admission of new members to the United Nations which has plagued us since 1946 and on which there has been an absolute stalemate since 1950.
I am convinced that this stalemate cannot be broken unless we are prepared to acquiesce in a basket arrangement for the admission of a large number of states. As you know, we are under terrific pressure from Italy and FE and UNA attach very great importance to the early admission of Japan. I believe that the time has come when we should seriously consider whether we could acquiesce in an arrangement to blanket-in countries mentioned on page 3 of the enclosed memorandum. I should, therefore, be grateful if you would call a meeting early next week in order that we could discuss this problem.
It is my feeling that we should not, at this time, reach a final decision on this matter but that I should be authorized to begin consultation with our principal allies and tell them that although we have not reached a decision, we are giving the idea serious consideration. I would like to consult initially with the United Kingdom, France, and Canada, and following consultation with these three, with China, in view of her position on Outer Mongolia. Depending upon how our consultations with these countries go, I should then like to consult with the remaining friendly members of the Security Council—Brazil, Chile, Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, and Pakistan.
- The North Korean and Vietminh regimes have also submitted communications purporting to be membership applications. [Footnote in the source text.]↩