National Geographic : 1961 Sep
KODACHROME(ABOVE)AND HS EKTACHROMEBY Mr. Reickert's working day matches that of the delegates, as I discovered at the Japa nese Mission's party in honor of the Emper or's birthday (above). Seeing my friend super vising the service, I congratulated him on the way the Delegates' Dining Room had been transformed since noon into a spacious re ception hall. All the tables except those beside ceil ing-to-floor windows overlooking the river had been removed. A flower-gay buffet of fered boiled shrimp, smoked salmon, Swedish meat balls, and a dozen other delicacies. In brocaded kimonos and satin obis, wives and daughters of Japanese diplomats bowed low to Ambassador Koto Matsudaira, then moved gracefully about, smiling a greeting to everyone. A red-jacketed orchestra played Strauss waltzes. To me the scene appeared festive and care free. But strolling between small groups of 322 guests, I overheard snatches of conversation: "The First Committee ... in Gaza... when ECOSOC meets at Geneva... Cuba's prob lem ... I have reason to believe that Ham marskjold ... Now, consider our position...." It was clear that even here the United Na tions was hard at work. World Listens in Five Languages Although U.N. delegates may spend hours in private conferences, the results of such conversations become apparent only in the public sessions of councils, committees, and the General Assembly. Then the whole world looks on. To cover a meeting of the General Assem bly's Political Committee, where the Castro government of Cuba was attacking the United States, I joined one of the U.N.'s interpreters, Ted Fagan. in his small glass-fronted booth at one side of the room.