17 Cablegram From Menzies to Spender
Cablegram, New York, 20 September 1950
393. IMMEDIATE SECRET PERSONAL
Re Pacific Pact and your reported references to South American countries, my own strong feeling is that no advantage pact with any nation unless it increases assets and does not merely extend liabilities. You know my vivid impression, which I am sure you have formed also, that to be safe the main democratic powers must decide their own liabilities in the light of their present or prospective capacity to perform. This I know fits in with your own realistic approach to overall problem.
At home, the economic clouds grow thicker, and I need not tell you that you are much missed. When you have finished your major discussions, do not feel obliged to attend Assembly too long.
With warm regards and appreciation your strenuous labours.
[NAA : A6366, UN50/1 OUT]