Cablegram United Nations 259 NEW YORK, 9 July 1946, 5.27 p.m.
1. The Secretary General has formally requested the following
action by the Australian Government in respect of trusteeship
(a) Action under Chapter XI.
(I) An expression of opinion on the factors to be taken into
account in determining which are the non-self-governing
territories referred to in Chapter XI of the Charter.
(II) An enumeration of the non-self-governing territories subject
to Australian jurisdiction.
(III) A general indication of the form in which Australia may
desire to supply information or the form in which we think
information may be most usefully transmitted by the members
(b) Trusteeship agreements. Information regarding:
(1) Prospects for trusteeship agreement with which Australia may
be concerned being submitted to the next meeting of the Assembly.
(II) The progress of negotiations of such agreements,
(III) Any other information which Australia may consider useful in
connection with the early inauguration of the trusteeship system.
2. Regarding (a) attention is drawn to the London Assembly
Resolution on non-self-governing peoples' and the Secretary
General points out that he is now preparing the annual report. The
principal purpose of his letter, however, is to obtain
consideration by members of the preliminary problems indicated in
his three particular requests. The Secretary General suggests for
consideration that information might be supplied in the following
(a) Statement on most recent economic, social and educational
(b) Report on the previous administrative year, and
(c) Reports at regular intervals giving a more detailed analysis
of economic, social and educational conditions.
3. Regarding (b) the Secretary General recalls the desire to bring
Trusteeship Council into being at the earliest practicable time
and voluntary declarations made to the Assembly by mandatory
powers together with paragraph 4 of the Assembly Resolution on
non-self-governing peoples. He recalls the hope that trusteeship
agreements in sufficient numbers would be submitted to the
September meeting to enable the Trusteeship Council to be
established at that time. Up to date no agreements have been
submitted and no communications concerning the progress of
negotiations have been received.
4. Full texts of the Secretary General's letters are being
forwarded by airbag.