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255 Evatt to Dixon

Cablegram 1273 CANBERRA, 24 August 1944


Your 749. [1] World Organisation.

You can give general support to views expressed by Berendsen. [2]
There are several indications of growing tendency to keep British
Dominions as much as possible in background despite their great
contribution to the war effort. My own view is that it is not too
early even now to get some assurance that Australia as an
important Western Pacific power should be given membership of
proposed Executive body. It was intensely disappointing that we
did not get adequate support in connection with I.L.O. Governing
Body. This may seem premature but as you know our attitude must be
coloured to some extent by the knowledge of what share we are
likely to have in the working of the proposed organisation.

1 Dispatched 16 August. On file AA:A5954, box 1821. It conveyed
the substance of discussions on world organisation between British
Commonwealth representatives at the U.K. Embassy in Washington on
16 August.

2 Berendsen said that in New Zealand's opinion discussion on
future world organisation was being dominated by the major powers
and that there was little opportunity for the smaller powers to
register their views.

[AA:A3196, 1944, O.23019]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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