UNITED NATIONS: Anniversary Week

Two years ago, amid expressions of high hope that reverberated through the clerical hush of London's Church House, the U.N. Security Council met for the first time. Last week, as it met for the 229th time, the anniversary passed unheralded. Said Russian Assistant, Secretary-General Arkady Sobolev: "This is hardly an auspicious time for a birthday celebration."

The Security Council could look back on a sizable list of frustrations and failures. It could also note one current achievement: from Java, U.N.'s Good Offices Committee reported to the Council last week that the Dutch...

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