THE UNITED NATIONS: Gentlemen's Disagreement

In the corridors of the Palais de Chaillot, United Nations diplomats grabbed lapels and murmured propositions like a band of Chicago wardheelers choosing up a slate of aldermen. The lobbying went on outside the U.N. as well—at cocktail parties, convivial soirees and special opera performances, where diplomats who fought each other by day exchanged chitchat with each other's wives at night. The big plums were three small-power Security Council seats which become vacant at year's end. Everybody quickly settled on two of them—Chile to succeed Ecuador in one of the seats...

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