World: The Re-Election of U Thant

For eleven months, U Thant had made it perfectly clear that he did not want to continue as Secretary-General of the United Nations. The Americans were complicating his life by bombing North Viet Nam, the Russians and French by refusing to pay their share of U.N. peace-keeping operations in the Middle East, the Congo and Cyprus. Besides, as nominal head of an organization composed of 121 sovereign states, he was, as he put it in September, when he announced that he definitely would not seek another term, merely "a glorified clerk." Yet last week, to the surprise of practically no one...

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