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

47868. Subj: 25th GA—Measures to Improve Assembly’s Work Methods. Ref: USUN 533.2

Dept concurs it would be impractical for 25th GA itself undertake broad review of Assembly’s work methods and therefore [Page 144]welcomes Canadian proposal for preliminary consultations looking toward general agreement on desirable modifications prior 25th GA.
If out of extensive consultations Canadians propose, widespread agreement develops on even a few specific reforms that could be adopted by 25th GA, or if these consultations indicate likelihood widespread agreement given more time for intensive study, Dept believes initiative at 25th GA to establish machinery for further review and report to 26th GA worthwhile. If, however, general reaction to Canadian initiative equivocal, then Dept doubts usefulness (on basis results from last committee on same subject (1962–63)) establishment Committee on GA Procedural Reforms since its chances of real accomplishment would be slight and the impact of its mere establishment, in Dept’s view, minimal. Dept would therefore prefer reserve judgment with respect focus any initiative this matter at 25th GA pending outcome proposed consultations.
Otherwise Dept concurs in general position outlined para 3 reftel.
We would be interested in Mission’s ideas re specific reforms that might be adopted by 25th GA, as Mission clearly in best position judge not only what is needed but what it is practical to attempt. Dept will also be interested in what surfaces as result Canadian consultations.
  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, UN 3 GA. Limited Official Use. Drafted by Virginia F. Hartley, cleared by John A. Armitage, and approved by Assistant Secretary De Palma.
  2. Document 87.