183 Australian Delegation, United Nations, to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram United Nations 572 NEWYORK, 29 October, 946, 11.40 P.M.
1. The following observations regarding elections to the Security Council  are submitted with a view to obtaining early instructions.
2. As previously reported Colombia and Syria have gained pre- selection by the Latin American and Arab groups respectively.
Public announcement of Indian candidate has raised the immediate question whether India is a direct rival to Syria or wishes to fill the third vacancy.
3. Countries of Northern and Western Europe wish to ensure that a member from that region succeeds Netherlands. Belgium seems to be the most likely candidate, Nor-way and Denmark are reluctant. This group is meeting shortly to decide on the candidate and will press their claims under criteria in the Charter.
4. Greece which lies outside the main democratic group in Europe and which has not received encouragement from the United Kingdom and United States, now appears to have abandoned hopes of election and will probably concentrate on seeking re-election to the Economic and Social Council, although she would be very happy to serve on the Security Council if possible.
5. Soviet intentions are unknown but there are no immediate signs that she is backing any European satellite. Yugoslavia is trying for re-election to the Economic and Social Council. Syria claims to have promise of Soviet support.