338. Editorial Note

Ambassador Stevenson and Secretary General U Thant discussed the possibility of a Security Council meeting on the Vietnam issue on February 16. The U.S. Permanent Representative sought to discourage the idea of a public discussion at that point. In a February 17 memorandum to the President, Stevenson outlined his talks with U Thant and suggested alternative means to utilize the United Nations to advance the search for a peaceful resolution of the Vietnam crisis. The Stevenson-U Thant memorandum of conversation and the Stevenson memorandum to the President are printed in the Papers of Adlai E. Stevenson, vol. 8, pages 700–704. Additional documentation relating to the Secretary General’s role in the Vietnam crisis is in Foreign Relations, 1964–1968, volume I, Document 427, and ibid., volume II, Documents 161 and 164.