Cablegram UN763 NEW YORK, 21 November 1946, 9.11 p.m.
When discussion on Indians in South Africa commenced in Committee
1 today, Smuts proposed to narrow the case initially to the
domestic jurisdiction issue arguing that this case was the first
of its kind and would be a precedent. He proposed the following
'At the conclusion of the discussion of the Indian protest before
the joint Session of Committees 1 and 6, it should be recommended
to the General Assembly that an advisory opinion be sought from
the International Court of justice upon the question of whether
the matters set forth by the Government of India in Document A/68
and replied to by the Government of the Union of South Africa in
Document A/167 are, in the terms of paragraph 7 of Article 2,
matters essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of the Union
of South Africa.'