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275 Dixon to Curtin and Evatt

Cablegram 847 (extract) WASHINGTON, 9 September 1944, 2.29 p.m.


World Organisation
On receipt of your telegram 1350 [1] I arranged that Cadogan
should receive copy at once with the request that he should do
everything possible to secure assent to your views of other
parties to the Dumbarton Oaks discussions. I gave Berendsen a copy
and discussed the matter with him at length and also circulated
copies to the Canadian, South African and Indian representatives.


The first meeting after receipt of your telegram was held
yesterday afternoon and I took the opportunity for an oral re-
statement of your views, emphasising the salient points. I also
stressed your desire that the United Kingdom should, if possible,
refrain from committing itself to any draft before consultation
with the British Dominions (paragraph [2] of your telegram 1349

suggestions Australia might wish to make with a view to
strengthening the proposals in the direction of your views,
particularly those indicated in paragraphs 2, 4 and 6 of your
telegram 1350.

Cadogan, gave us the latest information regarding the work of the
formulation committee on sections I to VIII of the draft agreement
including the clauses dealing with the council and assembly. We
have been informed that the Dominions Office has telegraphed
Dominion Governments texts of sections I to VIII. [4] These texts
are fluid and from day to day are being discussed with a view to
revision and improvement. It would merely be confusing to try and
keep you informed from day to day of every text variation
discussed but we shall endeavour to keep you informed of any
important matters which have been agreed to or upon which
agreement is unlikely to be reached.

[matter omitted]

[AA:A989, 44/630/5/1/11/5]

1 Document 270.

2 L. G. McCarthy, Ralph W. Close and Sir G. S. Bajpai,

3 Document 269.

4 Cablegram D1293, dispatched 7 September. On file AA:A816,

[3]). Cadogan remarked that he would be glad of any drafting
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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