197. Editorial Note

In a telegram of January 28, 1962, to U.N. Security Council President Sir Patrick Dean and Acting Secretary-General U Thant, Prime Minister Cyrille Adoula stated that he saw no need for a Security Council meeting on the Congo and was opposed to a meeting at that time. For text, see U.N. document S/5066; also printed in American Foreign Policy: Current Documents, 1962, pages 826–827.

The Security Council met on January 30. U.S. Representative Adlai Stevenson moved for adjournment, arguing that the Acting Secretary-General and the U.N. Command were acting vigorously and skillfully to carry out their mandates in the Congo and that the Council should be guided by the Congolese Government’s views as to whether or not to discuss the Congo’s problems. For text of his statement, see Department of State Bulletin, February 19, 1962, page 304; extracts are printed in [Page 372] American Foreign Policy: Current Documents, 1962, pages 828–829. The motion was passed by a vote of 7 to 2 (Romania and the Soviet Union), with 2 abstentions (Ghana and the United Arab Republic). For the record of the meeting, see U.N. document S/PV.989.