Los Angeles Times
November 27, 1967
By Drew Pearson
In the very middle of the Near East crisis U.N. Secretary General U Thant took time to do a very significant thing. He arranged to have one of the top advocates of the theory that flying saucers—UFOs— are from another planet, speak before the Outer Space Affairs Committee of the United Nations.
The Middle East war broke on June 5. On June 7 Dr. James E. McDonald of the University of Arizona, a firm believer in UFOs, spoke before the U.N. outerspace committee. Dr. McDonald believes that UFOs are extraterrestrial spaceships on reconnaissance missions to explore the earth. He also addressed the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Washington Meteorology Society on this subject.
Interesting fact is that Thant has confided to friends that he considers UFOs the most important problem facing the United Nations next to the war in Vietnam. Thant made this statement before the war in the near east, so it's not known how he rates this last international incident compared with UFOs...