117 Cablegram From Embassy in Washington to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram, Washington, 28 September 1951
1721. URGENT CONFIDENTIAL
Ratification of the Japanese Peace Treaty and Tripartite Pact Wilcox, Chief of Staff to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has substantially confirmed what the State Department Officials told us. Wilcox said he understood a good deal of preparatory work would have to be done by the State Department before the treaties could be formally presented to the Senate. Even if this were done in time it was highly unlikely that the Senate would do more than conduct one or two formal hearings and then let the matter stand over until January. Senate members would certainly try to get away by mid-October, although it was difficult to forecast whether they would have disposed of all the other business by then.