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324 Embassy in Washington to Australian Government

Cablegram 706 WASHINGTON, 8 June 1948, 7.24 p.m.


F.E.C. 97.

Japanese Whaling

1. Aide-memoire received from State Department today of which
following are main points begins:-

(A) Message received from S.C.A.P. states that after consideration
of opposing views advanced by Australian and other interested
Governments he has nevertheless been compelled in the
circumstances to authorise third expedition. Reasons the same as
necessitating previous expeditions.

(B) The S.C.A.P. states however that in view of Australian and
other Governments opposition to inclusion of third ship and
because of desire to meet those Governments' wishes in the matter
of Japanese whaling to largest possible extent consistent with
effective occupation mission, he has decided not to authorise
addition of third ship.

(C) Reference Australian contention that Japanese Antarctic
whaling properly a matter of principle to be decided by F.E.C.:

the position of the United States has already been made clear in
connection with previous expeditions. It is the view of the United
States Government that S.C.A.P. has authority under provisions of
F.E.C.035, or under his general powers as 'sole executive
authority for Allied Powers in Japan'.

(D) State Department not yet in possession of all facts concerning
treatment accorded Australian observer but is bringing this
complaint to the attention of S.C.A.P. with request that he
institute necessary enquiries. Ends.

2. Full text forwarded airmail.

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