Dag Hammarskjold, Custodian of the Brushfire Peace

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The UN as a Third Force

The attitude of the permanent members of the Security Council towards Hammarskjold's enlargement of the powers of his office blew hot and cold depending on how their interests were affected.

France became disaffected with both the UN and the Secretary-General at the time of Suez. French diplomats who prided themselves on having discovered him felt he should have treated the French case on Suez more sympathetically. Although the Quai D'Orsay "buried the hatchet," as Hammarskjold put it, so far as he personally was concerned, its attitude toward the UN did not mellow correspondingly. "There is a collective neurosis in France about the UN and it will continue as long as the Algerian business goes on," one knowledgeable French diplomat explained. The accession to power of the fervently nationalistic Charles de Gaulle only increased French estrangement from the UN.

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