One of the meet critical problems before the United Nations 28th General Assembly -- starting today (Tuesday, September 18) -- will be the future of the two Koreas.
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"As it stands now, I don't think the chances for a quick admission or entry of these divided countries are very great. On the contrary, it looks like we have to wait for a certain time, but as the old Greeks used to say, everything is fluid. I think this has to be kept in mind also ??? regards this problem. If we are confronted today with a rigid situation and a rigid attitude, I don't think this should continue forever. We have s??? what happened with the two German states. Who would have thought this development is possible a few years ago and new we are happy to see that these two states are joining the United Nations? Therefore I am sure that efforts will be made in the future to overcome the difficulties. You know that bilateral talks are under way between the two Koreas, and there are efforts also in Vietnam to overcome the political difficulty so I would not exclude that sooner or later we are confronted with a completely new situation which will admit those countries to join the United Nations in one way or another...as they see it fitting."
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Background: One of the meet critical problems before the United Nations 28th General Assembly -- starting today (Tuesday, September 18) -- will be the future of the two Koreas. The subject is expected to be top of the agenda for the Assembly's main political committee. And for the first time, both North and South Korea are represented in the U.N. by observer missions.
On Monday, Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim addressed an eve-of-assembly news conference, where he spoke at length about the Korean problem. But he was not hopeful of seeing a quick solution to the differences that still divide North and South.
The North, backed by the Soviet bloc, the Chinese and many Third World nations, wants the United Nation command withdrawn from Korea. The United States, where 40,000 troops in the southern part of the divided peninsula serve under the U.N. flag, is resisting the demand.
Under the present circumstances, Dr. Waldhaim wasn't hopeful that the two Koreas would follow the two Germanies in achieving membership of the United Nations. But, he added, present circumstances could change dramatically: