225. Telegram From Secretary of State Kissinger to the United States Mission to the United Nations1

Secto 13/13139. Strictly Eyes Only for Scali From the Secretary. Subj: M. E. UNSC Res.

1. This is a private message just for you. It has not been discussed with Soviets. Your joint instruction2 says we would like resolution adopted by midnight if possible.

2. You should proceed at a deliberate pace in Security Council. I do not mean delaying matter or appearing to delay matter. If resolution is [Page 646]not adopted by Security Council by midnight as a result of speakers and other moves, that is all right with us. We agreed with the Soviets to midnight as a target for adoption of the resolution because of stress Soviets have put on speed. We do not have same interest in such speed.

Kissinger
  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Kissinger Office Files, Box 39, Kissinger Trip Files, HAK Trip—Moscow, Tel Aviv, London, HAKTO, SECTO, TOSEC, Misc., Oct. 20–23, 1973. Top Secret; Nodis; Cherokee. Repeated Flash to the Department of State.
  2. Telegram Secto 8/13134 from Moscow to USUN, October 21, conveyed to Scali the joint instructions and the text of the resolution agreed upon in Moscow and instructed him to work closely with Malik in seeking the support of other Security Council members. (Ibid.)