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    UNITED NATIONS (UPI)--SECRETARY GENERAL THANT SAID TODAY THE UNITED NATIONS COULD NOT UNDERTAKE A PEACE-KEEPING ROLE IN VIET NAM BECAUSE SOME OF THE BIG POWERS -- THE SOVIET UNION, FRANCE AND PROBABLY BRITAIN--DO NOT WANT IT TO DO SO.

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    UNITED NATIONS (UPI)--SECRETARY GENERAL THANT SAID TODAY THE UNITED NATIONS COULD NOT UNDERTAKE A PEACE-KEEPING ROLE IN VIET NAM BECAUSE SOME OF THE BIG POWERS -- THE SOVIET UNION, FRANCE AND PROBABLY BRITAIN--DO NOT WANT IT TO DO SO.

    THANT TOLD A MEETING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT ANOTHER REASON WHY THERE WAS NO U.N. ROLE IN VIET NAM WAS THE SAME AS 11 YEARS AGO WHEN THE SOUTHEAST ASIA ISSUE WENT TO THE GENEVA CONFERENCE--MOST OF THE PRINCIPAL ANTAGONISTS, ESPECIALLY COMMUNIST CHINA, WERE NOT MEMBERS OF THE U.N.

    EARLIER TODAY, REPLYING TO CRITICISM BY U.S. SEN. WAYNE MORSE, D-ORE., THAT THE UNITED NATIONS SHOULD HAVE A NEW SECRETARY GENERAL BECAUSE THANT COULD NOT CONTROL THE SECURITY COUNCIL, THANT'S SPOKESMAN SAID THE U.N. CHIEF EXECUTIVE WOULD NOT COMMENT, EXCEPT TO SAY IT WAS NOT ONE OF HIS FUNCTIONS TO CONTROL THE COUNCIL.

    1ST ADD THANT UNITED NATIONS (201A) X X X COUNCIL.

    THANT TOLD TODAY'S CONFERENCE THE UNITED NATIONS WAS NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO PERFORM ALL THE TASKS OUTLINED FOR IT IN THE CHARTER AND THE ORGANIZATION WOULD "REMAIN" WEAK IF THAT IS WHAT ITS MEMBERS WANTED.

    HE MENTIONED U.N. PEACE-KEEPING ACTIVITIES IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS DURING THE CRISES IN CUBA, WEST IRIAN (WET NEW GUINEA), NORTH BORNEO AND SARAWAK DURING THE FORMATION OF MALAYSIA, AND YEMEN AND CYPRUS.

    IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HE SAID, THE WORLD ORGANIZATION WAS UNABLE TO PERFORM ITS PEACE-KEEPING FUNCTIONS OR MAINTAIN LAW AND ORDER BECAUSE "AT LEAST ONE OF THE BIG POWERS DID NOT WANT THE UNITED NATIONS INVOLVED THERE." HE DID NOT MENTION THE UNITED STATES BY NAME.

    "THE CONCLUSION," HE SAID, "IS THAT THE UNITED NATIONS CAN BE INVOLVED EFFECTIVELY IN SITUATIONS THREATENING INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY IF THE BIG POWERS AGREE THAT IT WOULD BE INVOLVED."
    WHEREAS ONLY FRANCE WAS A U.N. MEMBER WHEN THE CRISIS FIRST AROSE IN THE FORMER INDOCHINA, ONLY THE UNITED STATES, AMONG THE MAJOR PARTICIPANTS IN THE VIET NAM CONFLICT, IS A MEMBER, WHILE BOTH RED CHINA AND NORTH VIET NAM ARE OUTSIDE THE ORGANIZATION, HE SAID.

    "ANOTHER REASON (FOR NON-INVOLVEMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS IN VIET NAM)---AND IN MY VIEW MORE BASIC---IS DISAGREEMENT AMONG THE BIG POWERS INVOLVING THE PROJECTED INVOLVEMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS IN VIET NAM," THANT SAID.

    HE SAID HIS ASSESSMENT ALSO WAS THAT THE GREAT MAJORITY OF ALL U.N. MEMBERS---BOTH BIG AND SMALL POWERS---DID NOT WANT THE ORGANIZATION INVOLVED IN VIET NAM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA55ANDEN7B8TY00ZO03EOAKDDN
    Media URN:
    VLVA55ANDEN7B8TY00ZO03EOAKDDN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:26:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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