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The Chargé in Australia (Minter) to the Secretary of State

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12. Following is text of a note dated January 24 from the Minister for External Affairs:2

“I have the honor to refer to conversations between your Government and the Government of the United Kingdom in reference to the granting of long term military base rights in territories in the Pacific.3

“Australia and New Zealand, because of their geographical position, are directly interested in security and welfare arrangements in the whole Pacific area. The Australian Govt considers that both countries should participate in any talks which are held on this subject and be represented at all stages of any discussions. This view has been conveyed to the United Kingdom Government and it would be greatly appreciated if you would convey this view to your Government.”

Minter
  1. Herbert V. Evatt.
  2. For documentation relating to United States policy regarding establishment of International Trusteeship system under United Nations Charter, see volume i .