400 Dedman to Chifley
Cablegram 87, WASHINGTON, 20 January 1948, 11.12 p.m.
I received your Washington 60 before Makin and I went to lunch with Clayton today. At the meeting I again put to him the strongest possible case that the words 'accept the determination' be replaced by 'give special weight to the opinion'. Clayton expressed deep regret that he could not accept our amendment but said he was willing to accept an amendment which would go some distance towards satisfying us. I pointed out that we were very anxious to obtain an amendment to Article 21 as well as 24 and that should we decide not to press our original proposal on 24 we would require an undertaking that the United States would assist us to obtain desired amendment of Article 21. After discussing amended to accept both of them. With promised support from U.S.A., I am certain that conference will also accept both amendments.