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

Cablegram United Nations 241 NEW YORK, 2 July 1946, 7.33 p.m.


Atomic 14.

1. Sub-Committee Number 1 of the Atomic Energy Working Committee
composed of representatives of the United States, United Kingdom,
Soviet Union, France, Mexico and country holding chairmanship of
the Committee held meetings on Monday and Tuesday afternoons to
prepare plans of work for the Working Committee.

2. Dr. Evatt as Chairman presented the tentative proposals
contained in our next succeeding telegram. [1] During subsequent
discussion the Soviet Representative again insisted that a
convention prohibiting the use of atomic weapons should be
concluded first but in spite of his insistence useful progress has
been made and the Committee has proceeded to exchange views on
measures of control. An interesting discussion took place today on
relationship between the proposed Atomic Authority and United
Nations Organs, particularly the Security Council. The Chairman
summed up that while the powers of the Security Council under the
Charter could not be modified except by amendment of the Charter
there would be multifarious activities of the Atomic Authority
which would have nothing to do with the Security Council. At the
next meeting an attempt will be made to give a more precise
definition to the respective functions and field of operation.

3. A tribute to the Chairman's tentative proposals was paid today
by the United States which endorsed them and said they offered a
sound and expeditious approach to the Committee's problems. The
substance of the American memorandum in furtherance of the
Chairman's paper is given in our immediately [succeeding]

1 Document 6.

[AA:A1838 T184, 720/1, i]
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