Cablegram UN796 NEW YORK, 26 November 1946, 4.23 a.m.
Your UNY.398. 
AUSTRALIAN AMENDMENT TO SOVIET DISARMAMENT PROPOSAL
1. Amendment has not yet been lodged for the following reasons:-
(A) It became clear that the Soviet resolution would not come on
for debate as early as we had at first anticipated, owing to the
prolongation of discussion on the troop question. 
(B) It seemed likely that the troop question might be merged with
the general problem of disarmament and that this might necessitate
redrafting of the amendment.
(C) In any case we felt that the course of the debate on troops
would reveal attitudes which might affect our amendment.
2. We were proposing to lodge amendment today, but the United
States has indicated they would appreciate a few days' delay
pending preparation of the final text of far-reaching American
proposals and Canada which feels very strongly that the United
States should 'carry the ball' on this issue, also asked for
consultation. They have a very similar amendment of their own but
are withholding it until United States views are known. In view of
the necessity for working closely with the United States on other
matters we suggest we should carefully consider their wishes,
while eventual attainment of our objectives might be more certain
if we wait to learn nature of their amendment. We have noted your
instructions but before acting would appreciate guidance in light
of above considerations.