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...

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