207 Commonwealth Government to Addison

Cablegram 245 CANBERRA, 21, August 1945

TOP SECRET MOST IMMEDIATE

Reference your telegrams D1481, 1482, 1483. [1] Control body for Japan.

On receipt of these communications we have conveyed direct request to Washington for United States government's concurrence in and support of Australian participation as a principal in the Allied Control Council for Japan or any other body corresponding thereto.

We have also informed United States government of Australian government's views:

(1) That in view of its special contribution in the war against Japan Australia should participate in the signing of the main act of surrender.

(2) That Australian forces constituting part of the forces [of] occupation in Japan should be accepted and regarded as independently designated Australian forces subordinate only to the Supreme Command.

(3) That Australia should take full part as a member of the Council of Foreign Ministers in relation to all matters affecting or concerning the Pacific and Far East.

1 Documents 202, 203 and 204 respectively.

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