Cablegram 1237 WASHINGTON, 6 September 1946, 8.39 p.m.
Our No. 1211.  Trusteeship.
The State Department today asked us to call and gave us orally
United States Government's view on Article 7 of the Australian
Draft Agreement. While it is evident that some sections of the
State Department are privately sympathetic with the Australian
desire to keep agreement as short and simple as possible and feel
that some of the revisions and additions suggested by the United
States are unnecessary, there is apparently general agreement
between the State, War and Navy Departments that Australian
Article 7 in present form is too brief.
They are clearly anxious for inclusion of specific provision to
cover any agreement that may eventually be reached respecting
joint use of bases, and would accordingly like to see substitution
of Article VII of New Zealand draft for Western Samoa, or
something on similar lines.  They are satisfied that New
Zealand Article VII makes such provision, and would like to know
whether Australian Government interprets it in same sense.
We understand that the State Department are telegraphing the
foregoing views to the American Embassy, Canberra.