Despite a last-minute appeal by Indian Defence Minister, Krishna Menon, the United Nations General Assembly, Sept.22, voted to shelve for another year the question of the Chinese Peoples Republic joining the organisation.
Despite a last-minute appeal by Indian Defence Minister, Krishna Menon, the United Nations General Assembly, Sept.22, voted to shelve for another year the question of the Chinese Peoples Republic joining the organisation. The vote: 44 to 29 with nine abstentions.
Before taking a vote, the Assembly rejected amendments by Nepal which would have reversed the meaning of the American-sponsored plan to postpone the question. An appeal by menon, at the eleventh hour, for a discussion of the question, was unsuccessful.
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The not unexpected decision to shelve the question of communist Chinas membership, came as victory for the United States, which the day previous, branded Peking as an international outlaw.
Addressing the Assembly, American delegate, Walter S. Robertson Communist China of "mass murder and slavery on the own people and in woman torture and aggression on others". By every standard, of national and international conduct, he said, "the Red regime of Peking is an outlaw."
"To seat in the United Nations, which was founded to maintain peace, an habitual offender against the peace, would make a mockery of our Charter and rob it of all the moral authority it now possesses", he declared.
It was the ninth time the issue of Communist Chinese membership had been deferred.
Among delegates who changed positions from last year's vote on the subject, was Laos, which accused the Communists of "masterminding" the abstentions.