237 Department of External Affairs to Officer
Cablegram 20 CANBERRA, 31 January 1949
Your 49.  Minister is impressed by your two messages.
He feels in first instance you might act on his behalf as
President of United Nations Assembly and make contact and seek
informal consultation with parties concerned. There is apparently
no other intermediary able and willing to act. Minister is
communicating with Secretary-General so that if your informal
approach suggests further action would be useful Secretary-General
might join Minister so saving lives of many innocent people. Offer
of good offices in such circumstances is right and duty of every
President who can contribute to a settlement in whole or in part.