The United Nations Security Council met in New York, May 23, to debate the flight of the American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Soviet territory.
The United Nations Security Council met in New York, May 23, to debate the flight of the American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Soviet territory. Russian Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, spoke of the flight as an aggressive act "unheard of in peace time".
Speaking of "shattering consequences" that might follow if the United Nations did nothing to halt such flights, Mr. Gromyko said that the Soviet Union was a great and powerful state and nobody will be allowed to test its patience and continue provocations against its territory. He submitted a resolution requesting the Security Council to brand the U-2 flight as part of aggressive acts by the Air Force of the United States against the Soviet Union, creating a threat to universal peace. He dwelt on the "accomplice role" of members of NATO and the Central Treaty Organization which permitted the United States to base espionage planes on their territories.
Chief United States delegate, Henry Cabot Lodge, referred to Russian double standards in maintaining thousands of spies while protesting at one "harmless flight". The heart of the matter was the danger of surprise attack.
Mr. Lodge asked where was Soviet concern for international law when Communist forces invaded Korea and Hungarian independence was "Snuffed out" in 1956. Soviet violation of the United Nations Charter could not fail to make the free world concerned about its safety. He said that Mr. Gromyko stated that flights over Soviet territory continued to be the policy of the United States. That was contrary to the facts as Mr. Gromyko was present when President Eisenhower stated that the flights had ceased.
Mr. Lodge said he would not object to the Soviet proposed agenda, in spite of the "Fallaciousness" of the charges, and it was adopted without dissent.