105. Letter From the Representative at the United Nations (Lodge) to the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (Key)1

Dear David: I have read your memorandum concerning the Membership Problem,2 and this morning talked with the Secretary on this subject. The Secretary agrees that we should make a renewed effort for non-member participation and that we should begin now to obtain support for the passage of a non-member participation resolution at the Tenth General Assembly.

As I indicated in my letter to the Secretary on March 31, 1955, I think that in addition to moving ahead on non-member participation, we should also begin now to obtain support for action in the Tenth General Assembly favoring charter revision to eliminate the veto as it applies to membership.

I think we can increase support for non-member participation by holding out to non-members the more far-reaching results of charter revision. Therefore, the two aspects of the problem should be considered simultaneously. But I do not think that action on charter revision should delay our getting to work on non-member participation.

Sincerely yours,

  1. Source: Department of State, UNP Files: Lot 59 D 237, Membership. Secret.
  2. See the enclosure, supra.