A single issue—the veto—kept the Big Five in almost continuous session last week in San Francisco. They were not debating a proposed charter change. The Yalta agreement on the veto was considered inviolate. But the U.S., Britain, China and France wanted to issue an "interpretation" of the veto agreement which would go a small way toward meeting the small nations' objections to it. Russia stuck to the letter of the bond.

According to the Yalta formula, any one of the Big Five could forbid action by the Security Council except on "procedural matters." What was a "procedural matter"? The Russians...

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