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Title[edit]

Isn't "U" a Burmese equivalent of "Mr."? In that case, since we don't usually use personal titles in article titles, should it be just "Thant"? -Montréalais 18:34, 24 Sep 2003 (UTC)

  • Except everyone in the world (at least outside of Burma) called him U Thant; this is by far the most common name, and so most appropriate under Wikipedia: Naming conventions.--Pharos 08:06, 14 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Awe[edit]

I am writing this in gesture of my appreciation for the turmoil Thant went through to be just for those treated unjustly and for those who justify. Thanks for everything, and i am sorry that i never came to visit you when i was there. eric —Preceding unsigned comment added by 209.198.12.162 (talkcontribs) 05:21, 31 March 2006 (UTC) This is not a fan page.Radioactiveplayful (talk) 12:29, 24 April 2013 (UTC)Radioactivplayful

Lung cancer[edit]

Was he a smoker? The article says he died of lung cancer. Badagnani 03:21, 14 October 2006 (UTC)

Radiation, pollution, and genetics account for 10% of lung cancer cases...so maybe not. 71.76.205.168 06:48, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

He smoke Burmese cigar. No doubt, he needed stimulus from nicotine since his office was a heavy burden and his wife always wanted to go back to Myanmar. He had to work ten hours per day for six days a week. Often, many UN delegates would call him in the middle of the night in case of "emergency". For example, US delegate called him at 3:00 AM during the Cuban crisis. But few thanked him for his job. He was often under heavy criticisms. US Secretary of State accused him of "wanting Nobel Prize" for his criticisms against Vietnam War. All these contributed to his health decline.That was the reason why he left office despite unanimous appeal from the Security Council to serve a third term. SWH® talk 11:33, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Pronunciation of "Thant"[edit]

Is "Thant" pronounced "Tant" or "Thant"? This should be explained in the article. Badagnani 03:21, 14 October 2006 (UTC)

His name is pronounced [ú θã̰], or "U" (roughly like the 'o' in "lose") and "Thant" (roughly like the 'unt' in "runt", except the final 't' is not pronounced fully, and with the initial 'th' pronounced as in "the").--Hintha 19:54, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
The theta sound for Th here is as in "thousand". Wagaung 15:27, 15 October 2006 (UTC)

Only politician to try to prevent 6-day war[edit]

there were other politicians who tried to resolve the tension preceding the 6-day war through peaceful means. User:Iosef Aetos

according to Michael Oren's Six Days of War (Ballantine Books, 2002, ISBN0345461924), U Thant is blamed for acting with "regrettable speed" in releiving the UNEF from the Egyptian border. I would like to see a more detailed section on U Thant's decision-making process concerning the UNEF issue...Zadooplum 18:12, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
Removing statement about india and yugolslavia "alread having agreed to remove troops" 1. there is no source 2. that doesn't matter, because they only do so under recommendation of the secretary general anyway.
(1)It's a well known fact, and (2) is wrong, they did it completely independently of the Secretary General, prior to his orders. Contra Oren, the almost universal scholarly opinion is that the criticism was unjust; he had no choice at all, and delayed as long as he could. I'll satisfy Zadooplum's request someday.4.234.12.180 (talk) 10:22, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

Whichever is the truth, the outcome of May 1967 played a large role in determining Israel's lasting suspicion and distrust (not to mention sometimes cynical contempt) for the United Nations -- which is why Israel has ever since insisted on U.S. truce monitors (not U.N. or multinational) wherever it could (as in the Sinai). A significant proportion of Israelis consider that in May 1967 Israel learned the lesson the hard way that U.N. and multinational forces will always defend Israel's enemies against Israel, but will never defend Israel against Israel's enemenies -- and fairly or unfairly, the name firmly associated with one of Israel's first big disappointments with the U.N. is U Thant... AnonMoos (talk) 17:15, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Mandarin?[edit]

Why is the section about his time working for the Burmese government entitled "Mandarin"? Is the term just used as a synonym for civil servant, or am I missing something? Unless I am mistaken, the word is only used that way ironically, unless actually referring to imperial China. How about "Burmese government service" instead? --mglg(talk) 02:21, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Depends how you view civil servants but happy to oblige. Wagaung 17:56, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Deleted trivia[edit]

I deleted the following sentence from the introduction.

U Thant is also mentioned in a line from the movie "That Thing You Do" when the drummer, Guy Patterson (played by Tom Everett Scott) says "If Jimmy's a genius... I'm U Thant."

It certainly doesn't belong in the introduction and, short of creating a (deprecated) trivia section, I couldn't see anywhere else for it in the article. Dricherby (talk) 00:40, 22 October 2008 (UTC)


The Security Council Resolution[edit]

In the article is said that the Security Council suggested U Thant as Secretary General in the Resolution 167. But actually, as reported in the site of the Secruity Councils Resolutions (http://www.un.org/documents/sc/res/1961/scres61.htm) it is the 168. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.60.159.150 (talk) 17:29, 26 February 2010 (UTC)