1. As instructed in your telegram 19 , we asked the United Kingdom authorities to place request before Control Council for Austria for accreditation of an Australian military mission in Vienna early this month. The United Kingdom representative placed request in the first instance before quadripartite political division-for examination. The Soviet representative at once objected that neither Australia nor India (which is the only other British application so far) could be regarded as one of the 'United Nations chiefly interested' in the sense of Article 12 of the E.A.C. agreement on control machinery.  He argued that they were not eligible to appoint military mission and that if they wished to be represented in Vienna they should take advantage of the Allied Council's recent decision to permit the Austrian Government to exchange political representatives with other countries.
3. According to Foreign Office, it has so far proved impossible to move the Soviet representative from this attitude and a report will probably be submitted to the Executive Committee at its next meeting with a minority recommendation by the Soviet representative that these two missions should not be authorised.
4. White and I recently visited Vienna unofficially and we do not feel circumstances warrant our having permanent mission there.
Periodical visits by the Berlin Mission should be sufficient to enable us to keep in touch. If further visits are to be made however, representatives will have to be accredited in some form.
5. in view of the above please advise whether you wish the application in its present form to be maintained or whether you have any alternative in mind.