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72 Evatt to Bruce

Cablegram 34 CANBERRA, 10 March 1944


For Bruce from Evatt. Your telegram No.32[A]. [1]

Please inform Chilean Ambassador that the Australian Government
will welcome the appointment of a Chilean Consul-General de
Carriere in Australia, and will consider after his posting here
the question of diplomatic designation for him. We shall also be
glad, to consider, in due course, the establishment of full
diplomatic relations between Chile and Australia.

2. I must point out that your communication to the Ambassador
reported in the third paragraph of your telegram under reference
does not express accurately the views or policy of the Government,
which is certainly not opposed to the establishment of diplomatic
relations with any country with which we have common interests.

Indeed because of contiguous interests in Pacific and for other
reasons we hope soon to complete diplomatic exchange with Fighting
France. [2]

1 Dispatched 2 March. On file AA:A989, 44/145/5/4/1. Bruce advised
that the Chilean Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Manuel Bianchi,
had asked him whether the Commonwealth Govt would agree to
establish diplomatic relations with Chile. Bruce had replied that
his Govt's policy 'was not to extend its diplomatic
representation', although it would welcome the appointment of a
Chilean career consul to Australia. Bruce conveyed the text of
Bianchi's letter proposing Manuel Eduardo Hubner as career consul
and suggesting Hubner act as Charge d'Affaires.

2 The exchange of Ministers with Fighting France was in fact
delayed for reasons outlined in Document 326, note 5.

[AA:A989, 44/195/1/34/1]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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