341 Department of External Affairs to Officer

Cablegram 126 CANBERRA, 20 September 1947

Please inform Netherlands Authorities that we understand Netherlands Representative at Assembly voted for Dr. Evatt as President [1] and that we greatly appreciate this gesture of fundamental goodwill and friendship between the Netherlands and Australia.

1 On 16 September, Evatt was defeated by a Brazilian diplomat and former Foreign Minister, Dr Oswaldo Aranha, in the election for the Presidency of the United Nations General Assembly. Australian efforts to secure Dutch support are recorded in Documents 307, 310 and 314.

[AA:A8108, 221/4/1, i]