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Cablegram 41 [1] CANBERRA, 18 March 1943

SECRET

Please see reply dated 9th March from Prime Minister, Canada [2],
to Dominions Office telegrams D.109 [3] and D.121. [4]

This deprecates possibility of United Kingdom and United States
draft plans [5] coming into competition with each other and
suggests that in order to avoid this the parallel discussions now
under way should be explanatory only, and should be followed by a
conference of experts of the United Nations in Washington with the
United States plan as a basis for discussion.

Our Inter-departmental Committee agrees that every effort should
be made to avoid appearance of conflict between the two plans and
appreciates that it may be necessary to combine them in some way
at a later date or to agree upon a third plan.

At the same time they feel that the present provisions of the
United States plan are seriously inadequate from the Australian
point of view and some anxiety is felt at suggestion that it
should be taken as basis for discussion.

Committee feels that when expert discussions commence both plans
should be discussed on equal footing. If this were done it should
be possible to iron out main differences.

1 Repeated to the Canadian Prime Minister as no. 9 and to Dixon as
no. 50.

2 Mackenzie King's cablegram was repeated to the Commonwealth Govt
on 10 March. See copy on file AA:A989, 43/735/56/3.

3 Document 129.

4 Dispatched 3 March. On the file cited in note 2.

5 i.e. for the proposed Clearing Union and Stabilisation Fund
plans.


[AA:A989, 43/735/56/3]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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