352 Embassy in Washington to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 413 WASHINGTON, 4 May 1949, 10.49 a.m.

RESTRICTED

FEC 85.

Your 253. [1]

Japanese participation in International Relations.

The Minister agrees that the United States proposal is undesirable and should be strongly opposed. The question of Japanese Foreign Relations is a matter for all countries who contributed to the Pacific victory, i.e., for the F.E.C. No basic change should be made until the peace treaty is signed and the opportunity should be taken to stress the need for early treaty. [2]

1 Document 351.

2 Burton replied to the United States Note on 11 May 1949 expressing Evatt's views and those of the Department. On 26 May Bullock made a statement in similar terms at FEC meeting.

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