412. Telegram From the Mission to the United Nations to the Department of State1
New York, September 28, 1971, 2138Z.
2936. Subj: Chirep: Tactical Situation. Ref: State 175888.2
- Now that GA plenary has voted to
inscribe our Chirep item,3 our efforts
here will be targeted, as indicated reftel, on support for four questions:
- Priority for Important Question resolution
- Adoption of IQ
- Defeat of Albanian Resolution
- Adoption of Dual Representation resolution.
- Most governments have indicated positions on one or more of these questions, in some cases at highest level. However, in view of PRC’s continuing skillful application of pressures and of intense Chirep activity in New York, we anticipate that alignment on all four issues will remain fluid until end. We thus cannot absolutely rely on constancy of some who have given us categorical assurances of support; nor should we take for granted opposition on all four issues by some, given application of pressures from ourselves and other co-sponsors, with which we are still at least able to discuss Chirep.
- For purposes of handling problem here, we have broken down target
list into categories below. We are using these categories as a basis
for coordinated efforts by missions of Japan, New Zealand, Australia
and USUN, supplemented by the
ROC Mission. [Page 820]
- Co-sponsors of either resolution plus those whose full support seems certain (although listing in this category does not mean that we should take them altogether for granted): Australia, Chad, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Gambia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Japan, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Philippines, Swaziland, Thailand, United States, Uruguay, plus Brazil, Ivory Coast, Khmer Republic, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malawi, Senegal, Upper Volta.
- Conservatives whose support for all issues but Dual Representation seems assured (ROC démarches still required): Congo (K), Malagasy, Panama, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia. In addition, IQ cosponsors El Salvador and Guatemala need shoring up on DR.
- Support on all four questions seems unlikely although in some cases (see para 3-D below) we should continue to press for such support; in any event, we should continue seeking support for priority for IQ: Austria, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Iceland, Iran, Italy, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Sierra Leone, Singapore, UK.
- Countries which may be leaning either way but which we should continue (in concert with allies) to press for support on all four questions: Argentina, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Car, Cyprus, Dahomey, Ecuador, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Libyan Arab Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Venezuela.
- Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, UN 6 CHICOM. Confidential. Repeated to Bangkok, Canberra, Taipei, Tokyo, and Wellington.↩
- Telegram 175888, September 24, gave an estimate of the votes on the IQ and DR resolutions in the General Committee. (Ibid.)↩
- Telegram 2814 from USUN, September 23, informed the Department that the General Committee voted to inscribe the item on September 22 by a vote of 11–9–4. (Ibid.)↩