Cablegram 889 WASHINGTON, 19 September 1944, 9.29 p.m.
Evatt from Dixon.
Your 1435 and 1436  just arrived.
In the meantime it may interest you to know that I stated my own
personal opinion to the Embassy that it was better to accept the
demand of Russia that the concurrence of a permanent member should
be necessary, although her own interests were involved, rather
than to let the Conference terminate without agreement. This view,
however, was not taken in Quebec as we are informed. At an earlier
stage efforts were made, but ineffectually, to induce the Russian
representatives to concur in leaving the question open and in some
form remitting it to the meeting of the United Nations.
Since our 884 of 17th September , there have been further
developments of which we have just been informed. At a meeting of
the Steering Committee held on the afternoon of 17th September,
the United States representative said that his Government wished:-
(a) To close the discussions with the Soviet representatives as
soon as possible with the issue of a short communique and
(b) That the four Governments should issue at some date to be
agreed upon following the conclusion of the discussions with the
Chinese a statement indicating the points on which agreement had
The statement of agreement would in fact be the text of the
proposals, the section relating to voting on the Council and other
sections which could not be agreed being left blank. A simple
statement would be made to the effect that proposals would have to
be worked out to cover these points and it would be added that the
points still left open would be examined further by the
Governments concerned with a view to agreeing upon final proposals
to place before a United Nations Conference. The Steering
Committee decided that representatives of the United Kingdom,
United States and the Soviet Union should submit to their
respective Governments certain provisional draft texts covering
(A) and (B). The full text of these drafts is given in my
immediately following telegram.