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

2481. Subj: Review of 27th GA Prospects With Soviet PermRep.

Amb Bush toured horizon with Soviet PermRep Malik over lunch July 11. On Korea, Middle East, SIS and World Disarmament Conference nothing new emerged.
When asked what “additional” items would arise in 27th GA, Malik emphatically responded “admission of two Germanies to UN membership.” He gave no hints re strategy or tactics.
Ambassador Bush took occasion to seek Malik’s understanding and support on 25 percent financial contribution by US. Malik expressed no sympathy, but seemed to show comprehension of fact that effect on future of UN of eventual US contribution reduction would in part be function of way in which other major powers in UN responded to US action. He had earlier predicted that reduction in US contribution to 25 percent would be damaging body blow to world organization.
Malik said he going to Moscow later this week for month’s leave.
  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, UN 3 GA. Confidential. Repeated to Moscow and Bonn.