246 Department of External Affairs to Australian Delegation, United Nations

Cablegram [UNY]405 CANBERRA, 25 November 1946

MOST IMMEDIATE SECRET

Your UN783. [1] Continue to support Turkey and support also Byelorussia. Support for Byelorussia should be associated with favourable attitude to Australia's draft on trusteeship. [2]

1 The delegation had sought instructions regarding elections to the Economic and Social Council.

2 Byelorussia was elected on 7 December. Voting between the Netherlands and Turkey for the final position remained inconclusive until Belgium announced its willingness to give up its place, whereupon Turkey was elected for a three-year term and the Netherlands was elected to fill the vacancy created by Belgium's withdrawal.

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