The twentieth session of the United Nations General Assembly came to a close early Wednesday morning (22 December).
The twentieth session of the United Nations General Assembly came to a close early Wednesday morning (22 December). Assembly President Amintore Fanfani banged the final gavel at 2:02 a.m.
The Assembly pushed through a number of resolutions in its closing hours, including the passage of a convention against racial discrimination, and the approval of a resolution condemning all forms of intervention by one nation into the domestic affairs of another nation.
Mr. Fanfani, the Foreign Minister of Italy, wound up the session with a summation of the group's work. He contracted the 20th session with the 19th, which was paralysed from the start by a dispute over peace-keeping assessments. He spoke of a "sigh of relief" for the truce between India and Pakistan; and "anxiety over a conflict that still continues" in VietNam. He offered a prayer for peace, and urged a more intensive dialogue between the great powers for disarmament. He applauded the anti-discrimination convention and described the non-intervention resolution as "significant."
The delegates observed a moment of silence; then dispersed. Many of them came up to the podium to shake Mr. Fanfani's hand.
The General Assembly will not meet again in regular session until September 20, 1966.