21. Telegram From the Mission at the United Nations to the Department of State1

Delga 303. Verbatim text. Subject: Charter review. In discussing yesterday with UKDel the revision of joint draft resolution on Charter review which comes up today in GA plenary, USDel worked out with UK following draft of Charter review resolution for Security Council:

“The Security Council, mindful that Article 109, Paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations provides that if a general conference of the members of the United Nations for the purpose of reviewing the Charter has not been held before the tenth annual session of the General Assembly, such a conference shall be held if so decided by a majority vote of the members of the General Assembly and by a vote of any seven members of the Security Council,

Having considered resolution (blank) (x) adopted by the General Assembly on November (blank), 1955, in which the Assembly decided that a conference to review the Charter of the United Nations shall be held at an appropriate time,

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Expresses its concurrence in the Assembly’s decision, as set forth in resolution (blank) (x) of the General Assembly.”

Believed it would be desirable to include preambular paragraph on Charter Article 109, and requested inclusion of words “at an appropriate time” in second preambular paragraph. It was agreed that Council action would consist of concurrence in decision to hold a Charter review conference, having in mind the terms set forth in the Assembly’s resolution.

It was agreed that only one action by the Council would ever be necessary, and that the Council would be considered to have given its consent in advance to whatever decision the Assembly might make later concerning the time and place of a review conference.

Re joint draft resolution for GA, decided with UK and other co-sponsors to add following brief and simple paragraph at end of resolution: “Transmits this resolution to the Security Council.”

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 310.1/11–1755. Official Use Only.