U.N. Secretary-General U Thant on Tuesday (14 Sept) announced his 'final and irrevocable' decision to?
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 14): U THANT: "I feel that he should be the kind of man who looks to the future, a futurist, and has a global conception of problems. I do not believe in the importance of regional considerations in the choice of a Secretary-General. I do not believe that only an Asian or an African or a Latin American or a European should be the next Secretary-General. What I believe in are the qualities of the head as well as of the heart, like moral integrity, competence, and his ability to project into the future, to act within the framework of a global unit, and a genuine desire to see this organization develop into a really effective instrument for peace, justice and progress".
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Background: U.N. Secretary-General U Thant on Tuesday (14 Sept) announced his 'final and irrevocable' decision to retire from his post at the end of this year, when his second term expires.
He succeed Dag Hammarskjoeld in 1961. For the past year he has been under strong pressure to accept a third term in one of the world's top jobs.
This film from Visnews' library shows U Thant, always a brave spokesman for developing countries, in Ethiopia and Senegal, and at the U.N., describing the qualities his successor will need:
SYNOPSIS: For ten years the United Nations Organisation has been guided by its third Secretary-General U Thant, But on Tuesday he announced his 'final and irrevocable' decision to retire at the end of the year. One of the world's most exacting and prestigious jobs is vacant.
Throughout his term of office, U Thant has travelled the world tirelessly in his efforts to bring peace to quarrelling nations. He has won the respect of the world's leaders for his ability to cross and re-cross ideological frontiers. U Thant has always maintained that being impartial does not mean necessarily being neutral. He has taken sides, sometimes against the advice of counsellors, like his predecessor Dag Hammarskjoeld, killed in an air crash in 1961.
He has urged developing countries to demand a better deal from the rich industrialised world, criticising the great powers, yet retaining their confidence. He has always used personal contacts and the face-to-face confrontation, in his efforts to take the heat out of successive world crises, among them the India-pakistan confrontation, the Vietnam war, and the continuing Middle East situation. U Thant's colleagues have repeatedly insisted that he should accept a third term as Secretary-General, but now his final decision to give up has been made. He recently described the kind of man needed to be his successor as Secretary-General: