398. Telegram From the Mission to the United Nations to the Department of State1

1058. Secretary General. At private meeting between Fedorenko (USSR), Caradon (UK), Seydoux (France) and myself this afternoon we agreed subject to confirmation by Seydoux and Caradon before 10 a.m. tomorrow morning on following procedure to be followed with respect to status of SYG at private meeting of Security Council which will be called on Thursday, Sep 29 at 3:30 p.m.

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After SC approves its report to the GA which will be the officially stated subject of meeting, the President will submit for approval of members the following statement:

“The Members of SC welcome the statement of the SYG on Sep 192 that he is ready to continue in the office of the SYG until the end of the present session of the 21st GA.

“Taking into account the great positive role played by the SYG U Thant in the activities of the UN, the members of the SC further express their confidence in him and consider that if U Thant should express willingness to serve another term as SYG it would fully meet the desires of the Members of this Council.”

I indicated approval of this statement on behalf of US Government and Fedorenko on behalf of Sov Union. Seydoux approved it personally but stated he desired to consult and would give final word before 10 a.m. tomorrow. Caradon approved statement but following Seydoux’ statement indicated he would also give final answer tomorrow morning.

Upon receiving agreement of all of four permanent members Fedorenko as Council President will consult with other members to obtain their concurrence so that action can be taken on Thursday3 unanimously and without debate. I will consult with Chinese Amb and seek concurrence from him. Following action by SC in private session this statement if adopted would then be released publicly by Fedorenko on behalf of Council.

Comment: It is to be noted that this statement at this time does not recommend to Assembly extension of present term to the end of the session. It was the view after considerable discussion that this would set off long Assembly discussion on entire problem which would be premature and that if necessary formal recommendation could be made by Council reasonable time before Nov 3 to cover remainder of Assembly session.

  1. Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Agency File, United Nations, Vol 5. Confidential; Exdis.
  2. At a press conference that day.
  3. September 29.