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In 1954, the United Kingdom, in the context of a request by the United Nations Economic and Social Council for the Secretary-General to consult Member States as to the desirability of drafting a supplementary convention dealing with slavery, put forward a draft convention which was titled the Draft Supplementary Convention on Slavery and Servitude. During discussions of the Committee on the Drafting of a Supplementary Convention on Slavery and Servitude of 17 January 1956, the Representative of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Mr. Nikolaev, stated that the title of the Convention "presented a linguistic difficulty" as slavery and servitude were covered by the same word in Russian. Despite an attempt by the Philippines and Egypt to introduce new elements into the title (re: 'United Nations' and 'supplementing the Convention of 1926'), both were countered by British amendments which carried the day.

Keywords: Egypt; Mr. Nikolaev; Philippines; Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR); United Kingdom; United Nations Economic and Social Council



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