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165 Department of External Affairs to Australian Delegation, United Nations

Cablegram [UNY]282 CANBERRA, 16 October 1946


It is desired that Trusteeship Agreement as drafted and submitted
to United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States and French
Governments on 15th August should be communicated to the Secretary
General. [1]

The terms of the draft agreement are set out in the Prime
Minister's statement to the House on the 7th August with the
following two slight draft amendments which were incorporated in
the agreement prior to its submission to the Governments:-

(a) In third paragraph of preamble, delete words 'of the

(b) In article 4, delete words 'of the Commonwealth' where first
appearing but not after the words 'such laws'.

Please inform members of the Delegation on arrival and ensure that
United Kingdom, New Zealand, French and United States Delegations
are informed.

New Zealand authorities have informed us that they are deleting
the phrase 'on behalf of the United Nations' from their draft. The
text of their instructions to their Minister in Washington is
being sent to us but not yet arrived. Suggest you obtain copy from
Washington. New Zealand Government also comments that, like
ourselves, they hold to the principle that the terms of each
agreement must be related to the circumstances of the particular
territory concerned.

United States has indicated that if all five Mandatory Powers
rejected the phrase 'on behalf of the United Nations', it would
not pursue the point. Suggest you obtain details of the present
position in regard to the recent United States - United Kingdom
discussions from United Kingdom Embassy in Washington.

1 The version sent to the four governments is that given in
Document 55, subject to amendments noted in the present document.

[AA:A1838/238, 306/1/1, ii]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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