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By Evan Luard

This, the 1st quantity of an incredible paintings, describes the institution of the United countries, the controversies and debates in the association and the political elements surrounding those through the first ten years of its lifestyles.

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There was also a steering committee, consisting of the heads of all delegations, which decided all major questions of procedure and organisation. There was a smaller executive committee, including the heads of fourteen delegations, which dealt with more immediate and detailed questions of organisation and made recommendations to the Steering Committee. Finally there was a co-ordination committee, which (with the assistance of an advisory committee of jurists) examined the texts proposed by each committee to secure uniform terminology.

It would be wrong to suggest that all this represented the fulfilment of a deliberate policy for the international organisations of the future, a policy which had been agreed among the great powers and was subsequently implemented by them. To a considerable extent the specialised agencies came into existence, as the British Empire is supposed to have done, in a fit of absence of mind. Unlike the British colonies, the agencies were given dominion status from the beginning; they became autonomous and self-governing agencies which largely went their own way, with only the most fitful obeisance to their mother country.

But it was not one which was likely to be easily relinquished. There would be little point in the permanent members' bitterly debating every article of the Charter if it could be easily amended later to their disadvantage. The Big Five therefore stood firm on this. The most they were willing to allow was that a special conference to review the Charter might be called, free of veto, if demanded by a two-thirds majority. It was agreed that after ten years the possibility of holding such a conference should be considered, but a Canadian proposal that a conference would anyway be held at that time was turned down.

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