United Nations: The Thunderous Silence

In return for tacit pledges of "voluntary contributions" to a special U.N. peace-keeping fund, the U.S. last August dropped its insistence that Russia, France and ten other nations be denied a vote in the General Assembly until they paid up their back assessments. The compromise was cheered by all members, for it ended a year-long crisis that had paralyzed the Assembly. So far, however, only the U.S. has lived up to the bargain. Every suggestion that Russia and France come through with their voluntary payments, Ambassador Arthur J. Goldberg told the Assembly last week, has been greeted with "thunderous silence."


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