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    Two third-world diplomats are confirmed candidates for the post of United Nations Secretary-General to succeed U Thant.

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    Two third-world diplomats are confirmed candidates for the post of United Nations Secretary-General to succeed U Thant.

    One is Ethiopia's Minister of Communications, Mr. Makonnen - a former Ambassador to the United Nations.

    Before the General Assembly session in 1966, Mr. Makonnen was asked to preview the meeting.

    The other third world candidate is Mr. Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe - at present Ceylon's Ambassador to the United Nations.

    He last year discussed the Middle East situation from his position as chairman of the United Nations Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories.

    SYNOPSIS: A third-world candidate for the post of United National Secretary General is Mr. Endalkatchew Makonnen - now Ethiopia's Minister of Communications, but also a former ambassador to the world body. In 1966 he previewed the approaching session.

    The other third world candidates for Secretary General is the Ceylonese diplomat, Mr. Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe During his term as Ceylon's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Amerasinghe has drawn attention to his ability as chairman of a number of important committees -- notably the politically-charged committee on the Peaceful Uses of the Seabed and Ocean floor.

    Mr. Amerasinghe is spoken warmly of by Russian diplomats -- but latest reports from the United Nations say his active involvement in the campaign to defeat American plans to keep Taiwan in the world body has spoilt his chances. Mr. Amerasinghe is said to be looked upon with some suspicion by western nations -- because of the leftwing political leanings of the Ceylonese government. Among Mr. Amerasinghe's more controversial ideas: he wants the United Nations moved out of the United States. Last year Mr. Amerasinghe was appointed chairman of a committee charged with job of investigating Israel's activities in land occupied since the 1967 war. Israel strongly opposed his appointment as chairman of this committee. Mr. Amerasinghe is 58.

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