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Trusteeship and the linked issue of decolonization, which couldn't be called that, were extremely important because you had an issue on which the United States disagreed with its European allies, particularly the British and the French, who were colonial powers, who weren't at all anxious to have the Charter more or less demolish their empires. So that these were very hot issues, and very much debated, and probably in one way almost the most difficult issues in the conference because they were new. And I think it was one of Harold Stassen's and Bunche's great achievements that they did manage, after an enormous amount of work, to reconcile all of the various proposals that had been made, particularly on the Trusteeship system, and get them into an agreed document which is one of the chapters of the Charter.




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