318 Department of External Affairs to Australian Delegation, United Nations

Cablegram 526 CANBERRA, 7 September 1947, 1 p.m.

MOST IMMEDIATE SECRET

Indonesians have nominated Australia to the Committee of Three.

[1] Our understanding of Council resolution is that Australia and Belgium [2] must now agree on third member of Committee.

2. Please consult urgently with Belgian representative on the Council as to- (A) Procedure to be adopted to elect third member;

(B) Steps to be taken at once to initiate substantive operations of Committee.

3. We have our nominee in mind and wish to make an immediate start. Please advise urgently.

1 See Document 317. Sjarifuddin's request was broadcast by Radio Djokjakarta on 7 September.

2 Belgium had accepted on 3 September the nomination of the Netherlands to appoint a representative to serve on the Committee of Three.

[AA:A1838/274, 854/10/4/2, i]