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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2705


Senator WILLESEE (Western AustraliaMinister for Foreign Affairs) (Minister for Foreign Affairs) - All Australians will be sad to learn of the death in New York of the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr U Thant. U Thant served his country with honour, and became the first SecretaryGeneral from the so-called Third World, to the lasting credit of both. He went on to discharge the highest office in the United Nations organisation with the greatest distinction, during a decade fraught with crises in the United Nations and for a period longer than any other SecretaryGeneral. The office which U Thant held has been described with justice as the most impossible job in the world. It is a greater tribute than any I can pay to recall that, after his first term, U Thant was re-appointed for a further 5 years as Secretary-General, and would have received the confidence of the United Nations for a third term had he not elected to retire. The cause of peace is the poorer for his passing. On behalf of the Australian Government I offer to his widow and to his daughter the condolences of the Australian people.







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