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114 Evatt to Beasley

Cablegram 6 (extract) CANBERRA, 15 January 1948, 3.50 p.m.


Your No. 6 of 12th January. Approach by Pakistan representative.

In conformity with Government policy, the export of arms is not
being permitted to any country and no exception can be made of
India, Pakistan or any Indian State.

2. The only communication we are aware of from the Commonwealth
Relations Office on this subject is a message transmitted by the
United Kingdom High Commissioner here on 31st December, in which
it was mentioned that the United Kingdom Government would
endeavour to satisfy as far as possible through military
procurement channels reasonable demands for the three services of
each Dominion and in which we were asked our policy. In our reply
the United Kingdom High Commissioner was informed of the steps
taken to prohibit arms exports. No communication was made to the
Indian or Pakistan Governments, it being decided to await any
approach before notifying our attitude.

3. You should accordingly inform the Pakistan High Commissioner
that it is regretted that established Government policy does not
permit the export of warlike stores from Australia to any country.

Any similar request from India would therefore meet with the same

[AA:A1068/7, DL47/7/7]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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