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Lot 103: Indian Prime Minister Narasimha Rao on Controversial UN "Zionism is Racism" Vote
Presidential Letters, Free Franks & Speeches: Washington to Bush + Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts
26 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Indian Prime Minister Rao on the UN “Zionism is racism” vote: “We therefore decide to vote in favour of the US-sponsored resolution” ********** NARASIMHA RAO, P.V. (1921-2004). India’s prime minister from 1991-1996. TLS. (“P.V. Narasimha Rao”). 1p. 4to. New Delhi, December 24, 1991. On his Prime Minister letterhead. To former U.S. ambassador to India, Senator DANIEL PATRICK “PAT” MOYNIHAN (1927-2003). ********** “I have received your letter of December 9, 1991 concerning the UN vote to repeal “Zionism is racism” resolution in the United Nations General Assembly. We in India have been conscious of the strong emotions which this reference has aroused in the United States and in many other countries of the world. We therefore decide to vote in favour of the US-sponsored resolution. Nevertheless, it is also necessary to reiterate that an early and just solution must be found to satisfy the legitimate aspirations of the Palestine people. In this connection, we hope that the Middle East Peace process which is currently in progress will yield satisfactory results. I am happy to hear that we will have the pleasure of receiving you in India in the new year. I look forward to renewing our association and exchanging views with you on the many dramatic developments which we have been witnessing around us.” ********** Despite his Democratic affiliations, Moynihan was selected by President Nixon to be his counselor on urban affairs. A former assistant secretary of labor under Kennedy and Johnson and director of the Harvard–MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies, Moynihan was chosen, in part, because of his academic background in social policy. In 1973, Nixon appointed Moynihan as the U.S. ambassador to India, the world’s largest democracy, with which American relations had become strained. During his two years as ambassador, Moynihan created a cultural exchange program with the nation and forgave some of India’s debt in what became known as the “Rupee Deal,” often cited as the largest single check ever written (in the amount of 16,640,000,000 Rupees). Moynihan went on to serve as President Ford’s ambassador to the United Nations, speaking out against the 1975 UN Resolution 3379 which declared Zionism a form of racism. ********** While representing New York in the Senate, a position he held from 1977 to 2001, Moynihan continued his support of Israel and opposition to Resolution 3379. On October 6, 1991, the Senator published an article in The Washington Post entitled “Resolution Is Traced to Soviets, Zionism Declaration Was the Big Red Lie,” which commended President Bush’s call for the UN to revoke Resolution 3379. Israel had stipulated that the resolution be repealed before it would participate in the Madrid Peace Conference of 1991, sponsored by the U.S. and Russia. The passage of Resolution 46/86 accomplished this aim and Israeli-Palestinian talks were held in Spain beginning on October 30-November 1, 1991. One of the few tangible results of the talks was to increase diplomatic relations between Israel and other countries, including India. ********** Rao was an accomplished statesman who spoke 17 languages and successfully led his nation through a period of economic turbulence and a cultural shift. ********** Never folded and in near mint condition.