U.S. May Not Back Nasser’s Bid for a Seat in U.N. Security Council

Authoritative sources here–as well as in Washington and in New York–expressed “absolute conviction” that the United States has no intention of supporting President Nasser of the United Arab Republic in his bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

All indications point to the fact that President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon. Secretary of State Herter and Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, former head of the American delegation to the United Nations, are all opposed to assisting Nasser to realize his ambition, it was emphasized.

The United States will support the candidate of another member of the Afro-Asian states for the seat in the Security Council, these sources said. They indicated that Nasser’s alignment with the hostile attitude taken by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev against UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold is regarded as a sure deterrent to his ability to secure American support.

(The. United Arab Republic’s delegation at the United Nations issued a statement on Wednesday evening denying a report that Nasser had decided to side with the Western Powers against Khrushchev’s request to replace Mr. Hammarskjold and to move the UN headquarters from the United States to another country.)

It was also indicated authoritatively here today that no formal statement on the attitude toward Nasser’s attempt to seek a seat for his country in the UN Security Council would be forthcoming while the General Assembly is in session.

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