1. Your UN.930 just received and Assembly 350  not yet to hand.
Considered reply will be sent as soon as possible after receipt of
2. In the meantime two aspects in particular require your
immediate and vigorous protest. First, you should protest at
Soviet-American discussions on any aspect of the future disposal
of Japanese territories. This matter should not be discussed
between the Great Powers or any number of them without the direct
participation of at least Australia and New Zealand. You should
make every effort to impress on Dulles Australian policy in this
3. Secondly, we are concerned at Soviet proposal that the draft
agreement be discussed by the Great Powers before presentation to
the Security Council. The Great Powers as such have no status in
relation to the Assembly or in fact the Security Council. We have
publicly protested in the past against such procedure and our
views are well-known to United Kingdom. Yet not only has Gerig
agreed but Thomas apparently has at least acquiesced. Bevin should
know how disturbed we are at this and we expect his immediate
resistance to any such proposal.
4. It is not sufficient to urge Bevin that no commitment be made
by the United Kingdom as to States directly concerned. Australia
must be represented directly and participate in any discussions.
5. These present discussions on future disposal of Japanese
mandates seem to have arisen out of question of States directly
concerned. Once that matter is settled in relation to present
agreements discussions on future of Japanese mandates should be
terminated. It cannot too strongly be emphasised to you, however,
that even in respect of discussions on States directly concerned
Australia must maintain her position and the delegation should
concentrate on achieving this objective.