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

1653. Subj: Successor to Paul Hoffman.

U Thant told Amb. Bush June 17 that Paul Hoffman had indicated willingness to retire around end of the year. SYG also stated he would be willing to consider favorably Rudolph Peterson should US nominate him as successor.
Bush reviewed with SYG very confidential talk he had with Hoffman. Although Hoffman indicated willingness to retire late December-early January, Hoffman did not want word of this decision to become public for time being in order that he not be considered lame duck. Hoffman thinking about Oct 1 announcement. Bush reported Hoffman’s view that David Morse should be appointed Acting UNDP Administrator for one year. Hoffman aware of possibility US might nominate Peterson but takes position Peterson could serve as Morse’s deputy for a year while learning job.
Bush had called McNamara and apprised him of situation. McNamara had opposed idea of interim appointment and had strongly backed Peterson. With McNamara’s concurrence, this view had been given to Hoffman in late May.
Pursuant to June 18 Secretary-Bush telcon, Bush is arranging U Thant-Peterson lunch early next week.
Lunch arranged for Peterson and SYG Monday, September 21, 12 noon.SYG insisted Bush be present.
  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 301, Agency Files, USUN, Vol. VII. Confidential; Exdis.