WASHINGTON (Oct. 27)
Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger declared here that the United States “will work to defeat” passage by the United Nations General Assembly of the resolution adopted by its Third Committee. He said the resolution “undermines the United Nations’ necessary and valuable campaign against racial discrimination and it threatens the United Nations’ capacity as mediator in the Middle East.”
Kissinger made that statement in the course of a toast during the United Nations Day dinner Saturday night at the Statler Hilton Hotel. Declaring that if the UN is to fulfill its promise, the Secretary said its member states must conduct themselves in a spirit of mutual respect. “We have seen a disturbing contrary trend–ideological intolerance, procedural abuses, bloc majorities, one-sided voting–resulting in a one-way morality that clearly undermines the United Nations’ role as an instrument of conciliation” Kissinger said.
“The resolution naming Zionism as a form of racism is an example; it undermines the United Nations’ necessary and valuable campaign against rectal discrimination and it threatens the United Nations’ capacity as mediator in the Middle East. We will work to defeat its passage by the General Assembly; we call on all nations to reconcile their vote with universal moral principles.”
Meanwhile, strong protests from both the Congress and the Administration are continuing against the United Nations Third Committee’s draft. The State Department has suggested to four Latin American governments that voted for the UN draft resolution to reconsider their positions when and if the issue comes before the General Assembly in plenary session.
The State Department has cabled the U.S. Ambassadors in Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Guyana to express the U.S. government’s disappointment with them for approving the anti-Zionist action. By, implication, a Department spokesman said, it is asking the four to reconsider their votes. All other countries in the Western hemisphere had either opposed or abstained or were absent when the vote was taken.