United Nations: In Limbo

For a while it had looked as if the 19th General Assembly might meet only to break up. When it finally got under way—two months late so as to dodge the U.S. elections and an additional 35 minutes late because a tortured truce was being patched together—it was at least functioning. But just barely.

Secretary-General U Thant announced the truce terms: "Issues other than those that can be disposed of without objection will not be raised." In short, the Assembly agreed for the present not to handle anything of importance and to avoid taking any votes, while the U.S. postponed a...

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