Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Mr. Adam Malik, has ben elected President of the 26th General Assembly?
GV PAN INT U.N. General Assembly
CU Seal on wall
SV Hambro calls for election and ballot papers distributed
SV Delegates place votes in ballot box
STV Malik awaits result
SV Hambro announces votes
GV ZOOM INTO Malik as delegates applaud and election is announced (4 shots)
SV Malik leaves seat and walks to rostrum to receive Presidential hammer PAN TO Hambro walking away
SV Malik speaks
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 9): MALIK: "Mr. Secretary-General, fellow representatives, It is with gratitude and humility that I accept the Assembly's decision by which I have been elected to preside over this twenty-sixth session of the General Assembly. The distinction and trust you have thus accorded me is an honour for my country and my region. I shall endeavour to my utmost to fulfil your mandate and the incumbencies of this high office in the true spirit of the Charter."
WE REFER YOU TO OUR PRODUCTION NUMBER 11032/71, SERVICED FROM LONDON 22 SEPTEMBER 1971, SHOWING OPPOSING DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE UNITED NATIONS ON THE ISSUE OF CHINESE REPRESENTATION.
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Background: 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.