Cablegram 216 WELLINGTON, 6 December 1944, 12.05 a.m.
Regional Commission and Colonial Policy.
After careful consideration of the United Kingdom telegrams 274
 and 275  we cannot avoid the conclusion that our views are
still not entirely understood.
We also note with regret that the effect of the messages from the
Secretary of State is to postpone indefinitely the commencement of
the South Seas Regional Commission on the argument that such
bodies are, bound up with the consideration of international
My statement  on the other hand purported to make it clear that
we regard the South Seas Regional Commission purely as a welfare
body set up by voluntarily co-operating Governments and not
connected with any scheme of international supervision that might
or might not be set up in the future. We do not see how the
establishment of the Regional Commission, any more than that of
the existing Caribbean Commission, could prejudice later
consideration on the basis of the United Kingdom Government's
forthcoming note or otherwise of larger questions of colonial
These larger questions will ultimately need to be examined on the
broadest basis and probably at considerable length with the United
States of America as the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
suggests and also presumably at the United Nations Conference on a
general international organisation.
In the meantime we are reluctant to postpone the practical welfare
work which we envisage and consider that, as we are not thereby
prejudicing in our favour any issue of general principle on which
the United Kingdom and our own views may differ, we should again
press for an early discussion among the interested powers.