The piping voices of the small nations —uncertain, parochial, timidly daring—were sounding last week through the corridors of the U.N. Suddenly, they sounded loud even in their own ears.

Some of the uncommitted were tentative; all were self-centered. "We are the new boys at school." confided a tall, broad-shouldered delegate from Niger. "We are just watching to see how the others behave.'' A fragile Somali in an embroidered cap added, "We are interested in what concerns Africa. We do not care to become involved in the struggles between the great powers." But they also found a new pride...

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