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243 Officer to Evatt

Cablegram 67 NANKING, [5 February 1949], 1.10 p.m.


Reference your telegram 25. [1]
I have no hope of any early reaction from the other side. I have
found a way of sending to them a copy of remarks I made on 2nd
February but it will be some time before the channel I have used
can bring me a reply.

2. There is no possibility of contact here or nearby and I have
explained in my telegram 54 [2] why I cannot try to make direct
contact at Peking.

3. I trust you will consider that you can make a statement on the
lines suggested in my telegram 59 [3] on possibly 9th February,
without any prior response from the other side. I do not think
that they or anyone could take exception to the making of such a
statement. Appropriately broadcast, it would serve to remind them
that the world outside is expecting them to start negotiating. But
the time is pressing and unless it is done quickly it probably
will be too late. [4]

1 Dispatched 4 February, it stated that Evatt could not make
statement until Officer received a report from the Communists.

2 Dispatched 2 February, Officer suggested he could try to obtain
informal contact with the Communists, by sending the Third
Secretary, L.E. Phillips, to Peking 'ostensibly to do his language

3 Document 242.

4 Evatt did not deliver such a statement in February 1949. In a
general speech on international affairs in the House of
Representatives on 21 June 1949 Evatt suggested that it would be
appropriate for the UN to mediate.

Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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