Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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U Thant's decision to take action against Katanga's secession--a decision that was welcomed by most African countries--must have been motivated, at least in part, by his Third World sympathies as well as his views as to the significance of chapter VII of the United Nations Charter. It was his positive attitude toward the Afro-Asian bloc, of which his own country is a member, that determined the decision U Thant made. Had U Thant been from the West, it is more likely that his decision would not have deviated from that of Hammarskjold...

With these experiences, it is therefore hoped that African states will be more conscious of their status in the world today. Further,it is hoped that African states will begin to reevaluate their Organization of African Unity (OAU) in terms of its strength and cohesiveness in common defense and cultural backgrounds. To be masters of themselves instead of relying on the United Nations or foreign powers for help, it is imperative that the African states, through OAU, strengthen themselves militarily to contain further foreign aggression. This must be done because the United Nations is composed of some Member States and persons with different backgrounds and attitudes which militate against African sympathies. Although the General Assembly has a majority of Third World nations, most of the key personnel are still from the West. For instance, three of the four Secretaries-General have been from the West.