United Nations: Stay Your Hand

For the first time since Khrushchev's shoe-banging session, the U.N.'s 99 members gathered in Manhattan for another meeting of the General Assembly. They did so in a somber and disheartened mood that posed the question whether the U.N. can long survive as an effective body.

Since they met last, the Congo had come unstuck, and the U.N. had shown its helplessness there. Nikita Khrushchev was not coming this time (he sent Gromyko instead), but the Soviet Union's vituperative attacks on Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, and its near refusal to recognize his existence, demoralized everyone....

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