90. Memorandum From the Representative to the United Nations (Yost) to Secretary of State Rogers 1
- Content of U.S. Statement at Opening of the 25th General Assembly
Pursuant to our conversation last week,2 I transmit herewith a list of subjects to be considered for inclusion in the U.S. statement in the G.A. general debate, probably September 17. It might be delivered by the President or, if he prefers to come to the U.N. later, by you. In the latter event the President might choose to address the Assembly during the “commemorative session” in the week ending October 24. He would then speak more briefly and in more general terms, but would perhaps wish to include some points of substance, perhaps reserved from among the items below.
There are no major surprises in this list, but it does cover—and includes some constructive proposals on—the major issues with which the U.S., as the world’s leading power, would be expected to comment in this forum. It is in keeping with the philosophy of the Nixon Doctrine that we will not shirk our world responsibilities but we do expect others to share the burden in a spirit of partnership. In addition to certain points which would be welcome to (and whose absence would be missed by) the majority in the U.N. audience, the list includes a number of points that the American public will recognize as serving our interests and our prestige as a world leader.
These suggestions have been worked out with IO and have Mr. De Palma’s concurrence.