Your UN.506.  Admission of New Members.
The Minister directs the question be handled on the following
1. Attention should be called in the Assembly at appropriate time
to the manner in which the Security Council has handled
applications for admission, particularly emphasising failure to
make decisions based on empirical appraisal of the merits of each
case, the obvious use of political bargaining and unjustifiable
threat of and exercise of the veto.
2. An attempt should be made to secure a declaration by the
Assembly which would recognise that the admission of new members
to the United Nations is a corporate act on the part of the whole
Organisation; that the Assembly has primary and final
responsibilities in the process of admission; and that proper
procedure must be found to co-ordinate these Assembly
responsibilities with the particular concern of the Security
Council which is to make recommendations on security aspects of
3. Support for (2) above would open the way for a request that the
Committee of Experts of the Security Council should meet the
Assembly Standing Committee on Procedures with a view to working
out agreed rules in keeping with principle of (2) above.
4. In any event Council should be requested to report on its
grounds for rejection of applicants not recommended. Where
Assembly is not satisfied with such reasons the application in
question Should be discussed by the Assembly and if approved
referred back to the Council with a request for reconsideration.
5. When the Council's recommended applicants (Afghanistan,
Iceland, Sweden) come before the Assembly you should support their
admission subject to;
(a) Re-affirming views expressed in Australia's previous
reservation to report of Security Council's Committee on
(b) Our right to re-open in accordance with (2) and (4) above the
claims of rejected applicants which Australia, without prejudice
to other claims, considers to be qualified for membership, namely
Eire and Trans-Jordan.