Cablegram 18 LONDON, 16 May 1944, 2.20 p.m.
Addressed to the Acting Prime Minister, Mr. Forde.
Post-war world settlement.
1. The United Kingdom Government circulated just prior to the
meeting, a series of lengthy memoranda  prepared by the Foreign
Office on the following subjects:-
A. Scope and nature of an international organisation.
B. Guarantees and the pacific settlement of disputes.
D. Co-ordination of economic and political international
E. Method and procedure for establishing a world organisation.
This procedure evoked some degree of protest by the Prime
2. It was explained by the Foreign Secretary that the United
States Government desire that informal discussions of an
exploratory and noncommittal character on the official level
should take place in Washington next month between representatives
of the United Kingdom, the United States and Russia. He added that
latest information from he United Kingdom Ambassador in Washington
and from Mr. Stettinius during his recent visit to London was that
Mr. Hull now felt that if agreement could be reached on general
ideas about post-war organisation and if, in the course of late
autumn, an announcement of a provisional character could in
consequence be made, there was little chance of the Republicans
going back on any such declaration and that there would be a
better chance of getting United States opinion behind it.
3. In the documents submitted to the Conference, the following
passage on procedure occurs:-Before memoranda 'A' to 'E' are given
to the United States and Soviet Governments we should like to feel
sure that other British Commonwealth Governments agree that these
papers are on right lines as a basis for preliminary and informal
discussions, which, it is hoped, will take place at Washington at
the end of May or early in June. It is suggested in memorandum 'E'
that the aim of Washington talks should be to reach a measure of
agreement which could find expression in a draft declaration to be
referred to Governments and subsequently published. it is
contemplated that the progress made in Washington talks would be
the subject of further consultation between British Commonwealth
Governments before any such declaration were published.
4. The objective referred to in paragraph 2 is a very important
consideration in view of previous failure to secure the adhesion
of the United States to the League of Nations. Without their
support, a world organisation would be impotent and we should go
to extreme lengths to secure it. I therefore stated that I was
agreeable to the discussions proceeding on the basis outlined by
the Foreign Secretary and the use of the documents in accordance
with the conditions mentioned by him.
5. I drew attention to the question of procedure for consultations
with the Dominions on this matter as dealt with in our cablegram
No. 66 of 14th March  and other communications.
6. I said that it was intended to transmit the Foreign Office
memoranda to the Australian Government for its consideration and
It was hoped that these would be available before the discussions
in Washington. It was desired that the results of the Washington
talks be communicated to the Australian Government for their
consideration in order that the High Commissioner may be suitably
instructed in regard to the further consultations between members
of the British Commonwealth.
7. My own further remarks were broadly confined to the views
expressed in my speech of 14th December, 1943. 
8. Canada adopted a similar attitude and submitted some comments
on the Foreign Office memoranda which you will find interesting.
9. The Foreign Office memoranda are being forwarded by the High
Commissioner by airmail and he will arrange for a summary to be
cabled if you so desire.