Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Mr. Adam Malik, has ben elected President of the 26th General Assembly?
Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Mr. Adam Malik, has ben elected President of the 26th General Assembly of the United Nations -- the Assembly which has the task of dealing with one of the U.N.'s trickiest diplomatic tasks in its history; the question of Chinese representation. He was elected at the opening meeting of the session, and replaces Advert Hambro, Norway's Ambassador to the U.N.
SYNOPSIS: The 26th session of the United Nations General Assembly opened in New York on Tuesday -- faced with one of the trickiest diplomatic issues in its history; the question of Chinese representation. Other dominating topics at the current session will be the appointment of a new Secretary-General to succeed U Thant; and the continuing Middle East problem.
First business of the session, however, was to elect a successor to outgoing General Assembly President Mr. Edward Hambro, Norway's Ambassador to the United Nations. Before calling for ballot to take place, Mr. Hambro warned the Assembly that the final decision on the question of Chinese representation would have far-reaching consequences. He also warned that the United Nations' finances were unsatisfactory, and that the organisation faced bankruptcy.
It was Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Mr. Adam Malik, who was chosen as the new President--the man at the centre of all the current problems. Mr. Malik a former Indonesian Ambassador to the Soviet Union, was elected unopposed.
The United States, meanwhile, was expected to table resolutions aimed at bringing the People's Republic of China into the General Assembly and the Security Council--with the right of vote there--while retaining an Assembly seat for Taiwan.
Addressing the Assembly as he took the President's rostrum, Mr. Malik did not refer directly to the Chinese problem--but he did allude to Indonesia's two-year withdrawal from the U.N. during the rule of the late President Sukarno. Countries which tried to do without the U.N., he said, would regret it. He also thanked the Assembly for electing him.