CHILE LOSES UN ELECTION--EVEN WHEN RUNNING AGAINST ITSELF

Created: 5/8/1975

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Chile Loaea UNWhan Running, Against itself

! The Soviet campaign to isolate andChile in international forums has been raised to new heights of absurdity at the UN. In an election yesterday in one of theand Social Council's subsidiaryChile lost its bid for athough it was the only candidate.

Elective positiona in UN organs are usually dividod among tha five regional groups (Latin America, Asia, Africa, East Europe, Wost Europe and Others). Only when the regional group concerned cannot agreelate of candidates for its allocated positions is the entire UN membership called upon to settle the deadlock by vote. Inaction, Uruguay withdrew its candidacy for the Human Rights Commission, leaving Chile theregionallyfor tha seat.

The Soviets, however,ecret vote and with the help of their East European allies voted Uruguay into thc position. The chairman of the meeting subsequently upheld this Soviet procedural finagling and despite objectionsumber of delegations, Uruguay will keep the position on the commission.

The Brazilian judgment on yestorday*srules are anthe frustration of many UN members with the almost constant political manipulations that go on in UN meetings. But when given their own opportunities to manipulate, such criticism of procedural violations is usually muted.

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