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298 Department of External Affairs to Embassy in Washington

Cablegram 9 3 6 CANBERRA, 15 November 1948, 1.45 a.m.


Your 1176. [1]

We would on the whole prefer you not to take too active a part in
discussion on this proposal. If however, it becomes necessary for
you to make a statement, general outline of your draft if
satisfactory provided emphasis is on restrained explanation and
not condemnation.

2. You could preface remarks in your para. (e) by stating that
Australian Government is also of the opinion that provision should
be made in the Peace Treaty with Japan for control over key
imports and comprehensive powers of inspection by Allied officials
to provide against future Japanese aggression. You could then go
on to say that this is a matter for decision by Peace Conference,
etc. [2]

1 Dispatched 8 November 1948. It conveyed points for a general
statement on the Soviet proposal in accordance with points
mentioned in Document 297 and including a restatement of the
Australia. position on economic disarmament.

2 Bullock made the statement on 18 November 1948. The Soviet
resolution was brought to the vote on 9 December 1948 and

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