Cablegram UN984 NEW YORK, 11 December 1946, 4.36 a.m.
Assembly 398. Fourth Committee. Trusteeship.
1. Result of voting in the full committee on individual proposals
for amendments in texts submitted and for insertion of new
articles resulted in the adoption of three proposals only. All
three are applicable to all eight texts. No change is proposed
exclusively in the New Guinea text.
2. All three proposals were adopted by narrow majorities, after
necessarily hurried and restricted discussion, in meetings
attended by only two thirds of the members of the Committee, and
with numerous abstentions.
3. The first proposal accepted by the Committee was by the Soviet
for omission of the words 'as if it were an integral part of
Australia' from Article 4. This was recommended alone for all
other texts except Western Samoan from which New Zealand had
previously agreed to omit similar phrase.
4. The second proposal accepted by the Committee was by the Soviet
to add a new article as follows. Begins.
'The present agreement shall enter into force upon its approval by
the General Assembly and shall remain in force for a period of ten
years and shall thereafter be reviewed and modified according to
the degree of attainment of the purposes set forth in Article 76
of the Charter'. Ends.
5. The third proposal accepted by the Committee was by India for
the following new article. Begins.
'The administering authority shall administer the Trust Territory
on behalf of and solely for the benefit and in the interest of its
people, and on the termination of the trusteeship, all powers of
the authority shall cease and it shall surrender the territories
together with all public property then existing whether moveable
or immoveable to the peoples whose sovereignty and whose right to
self-government or independence shall always be recognized.' Ends.
6. No mention was made in the full committee of the two minor
amendments in articles four and five already rejected.
7. Full Committee will vote during Wednesday on the motion for
approval of each agreement as a whole. In accordance with
instructions we shall intimate the government's inability to
accept changes proposed by the Committee. We understand that all
mandatories will make the same intimation. We have been actively
enlisting support. There is no likelihood of discrimination
against the Australian agreement and though large scale absences
create difficulties we expect a solid majority for all agreements.
8. We understand that the Soviet group are preparing an attack
either for full committee or for Plenary meeting upon procedure
followed in presenting agreements. Probably based largely on
absence of identifiable  parties. See their cautious but firm
declaration noted in paragraph 5 of Assembly 397.