72 Australian Delegation, Paris Peace Conference, to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram PC14 PARIS, 16 August 1946, 9.40 p.m.
The Soviet continued the fight regarding voting procedures when
recommendations of the Commission on Procedures were submitted to
the plenary session of the conference. Principally because of the
excellent extempore speech by the Minister in spite of the
Commission's recommendation proceedings were little delayed by the
Soviet move and the recommendation of the Commission was adopted
by 15 votes to 4.
2. Australia, together with Brazil, China and Yugoslavia were
elected as members of the secretariat.
3. During the past few days, two plenary sessions of the
conference have been held daily. At these sessions statements have
been made by each of the five ex-enemy states and at the end of
each statement discussion has been invited. The Soviet Union and
satellite states have been the only members of the conference
eager to take advantage of these invitations to any extent and
have used them to expound the Soviet attitude to regimes in each
country concerned. Statements by ex-enemy states and discussion
upon them will be concluded by the end of the week.
4. It is expected that the Commissions will start work in earnest
next week. To date only the Political and Economic Commission on
the Italian treaty have met, each of these commissions having held
inaugural meeting and elected officers. South Africa and India
were elected chairmen of the Political and Economic Commissions
respectively and Ukraine and Yugoslavia chairmen.'