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232 Australian Delegation, United Nations, to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram UN739 NEW YORK, 20 November 1946, 2.55 a.m.


Assembly 192.

1. Elections for the Security Council today resulted in the return
of Belgium (43 votes) Colombia (A and Syria (45). India received
13 votes.

As instructed we voted for Belgium, Colombia and India.

2. The first ballot for the Economic and Social Council resulted
in election of the United States (51 votes) Venezuela (46) and New
Zealand (44). in accordance with Rule 84 [1] the President
submitted Lebanon, Netherlands, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Byelorussia
and Poland to a second ballot which resulted in the election of
Lebanon (41). Third and fourth ballots were held between
Netherlands, Turkey, Yugoslavia and Byelorussia without any
obtaining required two-thirds majority and the President then
proposed adjournment of ballotting for the fifth and sixth places
until the next plenary session in order to allow delegations to
reconsider their positions. Votes received in the fourth ballot
were Netherlands 28, Turkey 29, Yugoslavia 19 and Byelorussia 28.

3. Australia voted consistently for New Zealand. [2], United
States, Venezuela (which was the Latin-American nominee), Lebanon
(which was the Arab state nominee), Turkey and the Netherlands.

4. Further instructions regarding voting for the fifth and sixth
places are requested. [3]

1 Under rule 84 of the General Assembly's provisional rules of
procedure, voting for the remaining three places was restricted to
the candidates obtaining the greatest number of votes in the
previous ballot, 'the number of candidates being not more than
mice as many as the places remaining to be filled'.

2 See Document 210 and note 2 thereto.

3 In cablegram UNY1051 of 21 November, the Australian delegation
was instructed to use these two votes 'with view to ensuring
position of Australia next year'.

[AA:A1068, A47/15/3]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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