109 Department of External Affairs to Legation in Washington

Cablegram 307 CANBERRA, 25 February 1946


Your 192. [1]

Some care should be exercised before India and Philippines are added to Tribunal which is already very numerous. We cannot overlook the fact that India voted against Australia's election to the Security Council. If we are to support India in these matters, as we have consistently in the past, we are entitled to reciprocity. A reserved attitude to India should therefore be adopted. [2]

1 Dispatched 21 February. It recommended Australian support for India's request to be represented on the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. It noted that inclusion of India might involve extension of membership from the nine signatories of the surrender to the eleven members of the F.E.C., and that any Philippines claim should also be supported.

2 Indian claims were supported by the United Kingdom and New Zealand, and both India and the Philippines were represented on the tribunal.

[AA:A1067, UN46/WC/15]