16. Telegram From the Mission at the United Nations to the Department of State 1

Delga 52. Re: Charter review. Mr. Bell and staff met with Dixon and UK staff on Charter review resolution. UK agreed accept all Department’s suggestions except deletion of phrase “at appropriate time” in operative paragraph 1. Specifically, they agreed to deletion phrase “from time to time” in second preambulatory paragraph, the addition of phrase “and its organization and procedures” at end operative paragraph 2 and substitution XII for XIII in third operative paragraph. In addition, UK suggested substitution of word “shall” [Page 31] for “should” in operative paragraph 1 to strengthen appearance of decision.

Since operative paragraph 1 constitutes UK agreement to take decision in principle hold Charter review conference and follow up GA action with SC action, we believe UK has met Department’s basic objective. Mr. Bell and staff informed UK we would recommend that Department concur. I concur in this recommendation.2

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 310.1/10–555. Confidential; Priority.
  2. Gadel 23 to New York, October 5, reads as follows: “Dept concurs your recommendation Delga 52, October 5, though would still prefer omission ‘at an appropriate time’ and continues believe phrase may give us trouble in future.” (Ibid.)