The World: The UN: A Man Who Casts No Shadow

THEY'RE back at the old game," a member of the United Nations Secretariat said bitterly last week. "Instead of looking for the most able man, they're looking for someone who has five legs and maybe a dozen arms. That kind of monster simply doesn't exist."

If he doesn't exist, he may have to be invented—in a hurry. On Dec. 31, Secretary-General U Thant, 62, suffering from a bleeding ulcer and general exhaustion, will end his two-term, ten-year stewardship. That leaves the 130 delegations little more than a month to find someone acceptable to all...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!