World: The U.N.'s Acting Secretary-General U Thant

NEUTRALIST WITH MORAL FIBER

THE Secretary-General who comes after me," Dag Hammarskjold once said, "will be one of the Afro-Asians." Last week, nearly two months after Hammarskjold's death, the U.N. fulfilled his prophecy. Picked to succeed Dag, after weeks of haggling between Russia and the U.S., was Burma's permanent U.N. delegate, U Thant (rhymes with Du Pont).* His selection came after Russia finally backed away from its insistence on a troika leadership and compromised with the U.S. on the number and authority of assistant secretaries. The U S wanted five, one each from the U.S., Russia, Latin America, Africa and Western Europe;...

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