8 Memorandum From McNicol to Burton
Memorandum, Washington, 9 June 1950
NO. 1424/50. CONFIDENTIAL
Pacific Defence Pact In a recent informal conversation between Mr. Plimsoll and Mr. Wainhouse, Deputy Director, United Nations Division of the State Department, Mr. Wainhouse made the following comment in a personal capacity. He said that Australia should not be discouraged by the failure of the State Department to respond more cordially to the Minister's request for a Pacific Defence Pact. He urged that the Australian Government should keep this issue alive, possibly by following up Mr. Acheson's comments on Mr. Spender's speech and possibly by another public statement. He assured Mr. Plimsoll that there was strong support in the Department for a Pacific Pact, but that the Department should be given further material to work on.
2. With regard to the above, we shall ensure that the Minister's remarks of 8th June on the Pacific Defence Pact are conveyed to the State Department.