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    THE UNITED NATIONS FLAG FLEW AT HALF MAST IN NEW YORK ON SEPTEMBER 19 AS DELEGATES OF 99 NATIONS ARRIVED FOR THE 16TH SESSION OF THE U.

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    THE UNITED NATIONS FLAG FLEW AT HALF MAST IN NEW YORK ON SEPTEMBER 19 AS DELEGATES OF 99 NATIONS ARRIVED FOR THE 16TH SESSION OF THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY, THE FIRST MEETING EVER HELD WITHOUT A SECRETARY-GENERAL.

    THE AIR CRASH DEATH OF MR DAG HAMMARSKJOELD WHILE ON HIS WAY TO NDOLA, NORTHERN RHODESIA, FOR PEACE TALKS WITH KATANGA PRESIDENT TSHOMBE, WAS UPPERMOST IN THE MINDS OF DELEGATES AS THEY ARRIVED. THE SESSION, EXPECTED TO BE THE STORMIEST IN U.N. HISTORY, WAS WITHOUT THE MAN WHO AS SECRETARY-GENERAL HAD BEEN THE UNOFFICIAL U.N. "POLICY MAKER" FOR EIGHT YEARS.

    ON THE OPENING DAY, ATTENTION WAS FOCUSSED ON MR. MONGI SLIM OF TUNISIA, ONE OF THE DELEGATES TO ARRIVE EARLY, WHO WAS EXPECTED TO BE APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF THE 16TH SESSION. HE WAS ALSO CONSIDERED A LIKELY TEMPORARY SUCCESSOR TO MR. HAMMARSKJOELD.

    INSIDE THE VAST ASSEMBLY HALL, THE DELEGATES, INCLUDING MR. GROMYKO OF RUSSIA, LORD HOME OF BRITAIN, AND MR. DEAN RUSK OF AMERICA, FACED THE PRESIDENT, MR. FREDERICK H. BOLAND. ON HIS LEFT SAT MR. ANDREW CORDIER, THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL. ON HIS RIGHT, AN EMPTY SEAT MARKED THE PLACE LEFT OPEN BY THE DEATH OF MR. DAG HAMMARSKJOELD. MR. BOLAND, IN CALLING THE ASSEMBLY TO ORDER, FELT THAT IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE TO START DISCUSSING CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES AT A MEETING WHICH WAS HONOURING THE LATE SECRETARY-GENERAL. MR. BOLAND SUGGESTED:
    AFTER DELEGATES HAD STOOD, SOME WITH HEADS BOWED, FOR ONE MINUTE, MR. BOLAND ADDED:
    THE MEETING LASTED A TOTAL OF FOUR MINUTES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA9E8KMA6L3ZH9327ZNJO2YAS1
    Media URN:
    VLVAA9E8KMA6L3ZH9327ZNJO2YAS1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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