160 Australian Government to Addison

Cablegram 195 CANBERRA, 25 July 1947, 4.05 p.m.

MOST IMMEDIATE SECRET

Further our 194. [1]

1. British Minister at Washington has advised Australian Ambassador that United States reaction to proposal was definitely discouraging on the. grounds that joint intervention to secure truce or joint offer of arbitration would be unacceptable to Dutch and, in fact, Dutch had already advised State Department that they would resent either action. [2]

2. Do these circumstances in any way change your previous view regarding reference to Security Council? It should be emphasised in this connection that greatest caution will be taken by us to draw attention to matter in objective way seeking quasi-judicial settlement and appointment of Commission of Enquiry and avoiding unnecessary accusations and counter accusations. Mr. Beasley will have already pointed out that such action by us is consistent with the attitude we have always adopted in matters raised in the Security Council.

1 Document 155.

2 See Document 159.

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