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71 Evatt to Hasluck

Cablegram [14] [1] [PARIS], 16 August 1946


1. Thank you for your telegrams regarding proceedings of
Membership Committee. [2] Progress of discussion in Committee has
proved correctness of Australia's claim that Assembly should be
body to deal with applications in first instance.

2. You should maintain that Committee should only report facts to
Security Council and express no opinions on individual cases.

3. Although I recognise that you have maintained consistently
policy that merits of each application should be investigated
before any decision is made, I am apprehensive [lest] Australia
incurs criticism from applicant states because of failure to
support any of them. Accordingly, when report of Committee comes
before Council you should firstly make it perfectly clear that
Australia considers Council has acted beyond its jurisdiction in
that it did not have express authority from Assembly and then
state that at the proper time, which Australia considers has not
yet arrived, we [will] favourably consider applications of Eire,
Afghanistan, Sweden, Iceland and Transjordan. Regarding
applications of Albania, Portugal, Outer Mongolia and Siam you
should be non-committal. In no case should you vote against any
application without specific instructions to do so.

1 Numbered from Document 73.

2 See Document 59 and note 1 thereto.

Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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