1. Admission of new members is likely to be the first item
considered by Committee No. 1 when it meets next Saturday morning.
In conformity with instructions , we have in mind present 2
resolutions dealing with-
(a) Procedures regarding admission, and
(b) Admission of Trans-Jordan and Eire.
Texts of these resolutions are as follows:
2. (a) The General Assembly, recognising that the admission of new
members to the United Nations is a corporate act of the whole
organisation, requests the Security Council to appoint a committee
to confer with the Standing Committee on Procedure of the General
Assembly with a view to preparing rules governing the admission of
new members which will be acceptable both to the General Assembly
and to the Security Council.
In the preparation of such rules regard should be paid to the
(i) The admission of new members is a corporate act.
(ii) The General Assembly has primary and final responsibility in
the process of admission.
(iii) The Security Council not having been given any general power
covering all matters within the scope of the Charter, its
recommendation for the admission of an applicant to membership
should be based solely on the judgment of the Council that the
applicant state is able and willing to carry out its obligations
under those sections of the Charter which come within the
competence of the Security Council.
(b) The General Assembly, being of the opinion that Trans-Jordan
and Eire are qualified for membership in the United Nations,
refers the applications of these States to the Security Council
for re-examination and requests the Security Council to make a
special report, during the currency of the present session of the
General Assembly, on the qualifications of these applicants so far
as those qualifications concern matters within the competence of
the Security Council.
3. Regarding (a) we still cannot anticipate much support for our
constitutional argument but we may be able to pick up more support
on grounds that rules as a matter of interest to both bodies
should be worked out jointly.
4. Regarding (b) there is a probability that either United Kingdom
or United States may seek reconsideration of all applicants, their
view being that even doubtful applicants like Albania can be
watched better inside the Organisation than outside. Any move for
reconsideration will also probably result in Soviet request for
admission of Albania and Outer Mongolia. If reconsideration of all
applicants can be brought about in a way that gives sole attention
to the merits of the candidates and avoids any suggestion of
bargaining, it would be difficult to raise objections to proposal
for reconsideration of all applicants by Security Council.
5. We would appreciate urgent instructions.