554 Department of External Affairs to Embassy in Washington
Cablegram 868 CANBERRA, 21 July 1947
Minister is greatly concerned that United States has not yet ratified South Pacific Agreement. 
2. French have suggested a revised French text as they claim first translation was not a good one. They have also suggested two amendments neither of any consequence.
3. We are replying, and the United Kingdom Government agrees, that provided French redraft is a faithful one we would be prepared to accept it but no change in substance can at this stage be made and the two points raised by them are points which can be dealt with by the Commission when it meets. We would be prepared to give an assurance that in practice we shall endeavour at Commission meetings to meet French wishes as far as possible. We are asking for immediate ratification.