366 Duncan to Chifley

Cablegram 159 LONDON, 6 November 1945

United Kingdom has now reached conclusion that war being over time is ripe to invite Eire to become member of Commonwealth Air Transport Council. [1] This question was I understand discussed at Montreal last December but it was then decided to take no action.

United Kingdom Government have asked me to confirm that it would be in accordance with Commonwealth Government's wishes that Eire should now be invited to become a member of Council. Glad instructions. [2]

DUNCAN

1 See Documents on Australian Foreign Policy 1937-49, vol. VII, Documents 300 and 306-7.

2 The Commonwealth Govt's agreement to the proposal was conveyed in cablegram 340 to Duncan, dispatched 14 November. On file AA :

AA1973/362, A84, iv.

[AA : AA1973/362, A84, iv]