ALGERIA: Walkout

The Foreign Minister of France was outraged. "The decision you are about to make," said Antoine Pinay to the U.N.'s General Assembly, "is more serious for the United Nations than for France, for the whole future of our organization is at stake."

But threats were not enough. In a froth of anticolonialism whipped up by the 14-nation Arab-Asian bloc, and with the united vote of the Soviet bloc, the General Assembly overruled its powerful Steering Committee (for the first time on a major issue) and voted to debate France's conduct in the troubled North African region of Algeria. The...

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