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226 Department of External Affairs to Australian Delegation, United Nations

Cablegram [UNY]371 CANBERRA, 19 November 1946

Your UN 716. [1]

1. The French suggestion in your paragraph 8 (b) that Secretary-
General should prepare report and that discussion should be
postponed for a few days in order to allow all members to consider
all suggestions, is consistent with our view that matter should be
left with the Assembly and not with the Big Five. Consequently,
there is no objection to an adjournment of this nature.

2. Please advise immediately support for Australian amendment. [2]
As we see it, there are 19 who have declared themselves in
support. Six unknown but dependent on U.K. attitude. Eleven are
definitely against. It would not appear therefore sufficient
support is forthcoming. Discussion of the Secretary-General's
report summarising all suggestions should give opportunity
sufficiently to amend proposals to obtain the support of few extra
supporters required. It would appear from here to be wrong tactics
to rush decision. Active canvassing is obviously necessary
particularly of China, Chile, Peru, Nor-way, Luxemburg and those
six referred to above as doubtful. Any adjournment should be for
purposes of all members considering all suggestions and not for
Big Five to reach a compromise and to return to Assembly with an
agreed formula. This would most probably be unsatisfactory and
impossible to amend. in short, procedure should be to obtain a
factual report from Secretary-General covering all suggestions,
postpone discussions until that is ready taking care Assembly
retains initiative and that Big Five do not side-step discussion
and force on the Assembly an agreed decision.

1 Document 222.

2 See Document 172, paragraph 7.

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Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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