6 Cablegram from Hodgson1 to Department of External Affairs

New York, 2 June 1947

UN 552. Secret Immediate

  1. The Australian position on relationship between International Atomic Control Agency and the Security Council has been clearly and vigorously maintained throughout the Debate.
  2. At the outset of the Debate on 21st May, I stressed that the International Control Agency should not, in fact could not, be administered by the Security Council. I quoted extensively from the Minister's analysis of 8th July 1946,2 and said that Australia still stood firmly for these principles. I pointed out that the Soviet Amendment3 was not in conformity with the General Assembly Resolution of 14th December, 1946, which provided that an International system of control should be established within the framework of the Security Council. It was radically different to say that the System should be administered within the Security Council. Australia could not accept control authority or jurisdiction by the Security Council over the exercise of powers and functions of the International Agency.

[matter omitted]

[NAA: A1838, 720/1 part 2]