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The United Nations conference on international organization, San Francisco, California, April 25-June 26, 1945,   pp. 1-1432 PDF (565.5 MB)


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                   UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE                    975
previous day. MR. DUNN reported that the Norwegian Ambassa-
dor 71 was proceeding with his proposal and had asked that a Steering
Committee meeting be held as soon as possible.... Russia and the
United Kingdom had expressed their willingness to accept the pro-
posal, but the position of the Chinese on this matter was extremely
uncertain. MR. DuLLEs remarked that the Chinese might ask for an
invitation for Korea 72 if the question of Denmark were brought up.
THE SECRETARY observed that the question of Korea was an extremely
private matter and should not be mentioned outside the Delegation
meeting. MR. DUNN commented that the situation with respect to
Korea was somewhat different because there was no recognized
Korean Government. The invitation of Denmark was a Norwegian
project and the Norwegians intended to go ahead with it no matter
what the danger.
  At this point MR. Hiss remarked that the problem of Iceland 73
might be brought up, too, and possibly Poland 4 as well. Several
other members of the Delegation commented that an invitation to
Albania 75 might be suggested, -and MR. ROCKEFELLER stated that
Mexico had prepared both a speech and a resolution opposing extend-
ing an invitation to Franco Spain. THE SECRETARY declared that he
hated the prospect of starting another "three-ring circus".
  REPRESENTATIVE, BLOOM declared that if the question of inviting some
of these other nations were raised, he himself would suggest admitting
Palestine. MR. ROCKEFELLER thought that a Subcommittee of the
Steering Committee should be charged with the responsibility of con-
sidering all applications and passing on them. THE SECRFMrARY re-
marked that the Executive Committee would be the appropriate body
and MR. ROCKEFELLER agreed. SENATOR CONNALLY observed that in
his opinion the question was what any other states invited could
1 Wilhelm Munthe de Morgenstierne, Ambassador in the United States; Acting
Chairman of the Norwegian delegation.
2 A message from Tjo So-wang, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the "Korean
Provisional Government", was transmitted to the Secretary of State in
telegram
396, March 10, from Chungking (500.CC/3-1045), in which he noted that Korea
was directly concerned "in upholding the peace of the Far East as well
as of the
entire world" and requested consideration of "the rightful desire
of 26 million
Koreans" to participate in the United Nations Conference. In response,
Acting
Secretary Grew instructed the Ambassador in China, in telegram 473, March
20,
7 p. m., to inform Tjo So-wang as follows: "That by agreement among
the spon-
soring powers invitations to the San Francisco Conference were extended only
to those nations which were United Nations on March 1, 1945. Provision Is
not
being made for observers from other nations." (895.01/3-145) Mr. Grew
trans-
mitted the above message to President Roosevelt in his memorandum of March
20
and informed him of the Department's instruction of that date to the Embassy
in Chungking (500.CC/3-2045).
7 See telegram 75, May 7, 7 p. m., to Reykjavik, p. 640.
74 For resolution on participation of Poland in the Conference, adopted in
plenary session, April 27, see Doc. 20, P/6, UNCIO Documents, vol. 1, p.
168.
  '6 See telegram 307, April 7, 7 p. m., to Caserta, p. 207.


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