171 Makin to Evatt

Cablegram 684, WASHINGTON, 9 August 1949, 11.15 a.m.

CONFIDENTIAL PERSONAL

The Ambassador for Korea has addressed a communication asking the Australian Government to accord full recognition to the Republic of Korea and desiring, if possible, that this might be done by 15th August when they are celebrating the first anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic.

I am forwarding the letter by air mail bag.[1]

[1] External Affairs advised Makin to reply that Evatt would make an announcement on 14 August 1949. Australia's recognition was duly announced in a press release dated 15 August 1949.

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