Cablegram UN375 NEW YORK, 21 August 1946, 4.50 p.m.
(1) At the final meeting last night, the Membership Committee
received Trans-Jordan's reply to the questionnaire , an
additional statement from Albania and a letter from Siam declaring
that Peace Talks with France were under way, expressing confidence
in agreement and asking for favourable consideration of the
application. France maintained that a state of war still existed
and that talks with Siam in Washington had not yet advanced beyond
(2) The Soviet announced support for Sweden and Iceland.
(3) Poland made their statement on Trans-Jordan maintaining that
procedure required for legally terminating mandate had not been
followed and that the appropriate organ of the United Nations
which had assumed the exercise of certain powers and functions of
the League should reconsider the whole question of Trans-Jordan
and that application should be postponed for a year. The United
Kingdom made a brief reply.
(4) The Committee then worked on the draft report which was
completed late at night and approved subject to a reservation by
Australia, the text of which is given in our immediately
succeeding telegram.  During discussion some feeling was
aroused by Soviet insistence that a sentence should be inserted in
the report stating that the applications of Albania and Mongolia
received different treatment from other applications. The United
States, United Kingdom and other Delegations insisted equally
strongly that the Committee had acted in complete fairness. The
outcome is that while the Soviet view is recorded, it will be
followed by a statement in the name of all other delegations
except Poland upholding the Committee's procedure.
(5) The report summarises objectively discussion on each applicant
and states the conclusion that in each case except Mongolia, the
Committee's report provided sufficient basis for decision by
Members of the Security Council. Regarding Mongolia, conclusion is
that the Committee was divided on the question whether sufficient
information was available. The attitude of various delegations is
stated as follows:-
Albania. Soviet and Poland support, France expresses sympathy,
United States reserves the  position.
Mongolia. Soviet and Poland support, several others reserve
opinion, China suggests postponement.
Afghanistan. Ten Delegations support.
Trans-Jordan. The United Kingdom and Egypt support, the
Netherlands regards the application favourably, Poland expresses
doubt and proposes postponement, the Soviet opposes.
Eire. The United Kingdom, United States, China, France, Brazil,
Mexico, Netherlands support, Soviet opposes.
Portugal. United Kingdom, United States, France, China, Brazil,
Netherlands, Mexico support, Poland expresses doubt, Soviet
Iceland. United States, United Kingdom and Mexico support.
Siam. The United Kingdom, China and United States support, France
and Sweden oppose. Australia and Netherlands take note of the
existence of a state of war between Siam and France.
Sweden. Ten Delegations support.