Canberra, 17 March 1950
72. IMMEDIATE PERSONAL
I understand that Government's decision on participation in the Consultative Committee, which was decided upon at Ceylon, will be made on Monday.
2. You will have seen the response of the United States of America to the broad policy I put forward in the House last week1 and, in particular, cheson's recent repeated statements that the United States welcomes and will encourage action of the kind we contemplate.2 Already Canada has agreed in principle to taking part in the Consultative Committee and New Zealand and Ceylon have indicated their willingness to attend about the middle of May at a Ministerial level. I earnestly hope that you will find it possible to accept the proposal and, more particularly, be represented at a Ministerial level, as this is, in my view, the only means by which we can assure success of the first meeting of the Consultative Committee and retain, what is most important, the United States interest in it.
3. am sure you will appreciate that the reason for this personal message to you arises out of the conviction of this Government that urgent and effective steps must be taken in South-East Asia if our security and way of life is to be preserved, not only in this area, but throughout the world.
[NAA: A3320, 3/4/2/1 part 1]