740.0011 P.W. (Peace)/5–1447
Memorandum by the Director of the Office of Far Eastern Affairs (Vincent)
Memo for the Record
Recommendation hereunder agreed to by Secretary on May 14, 1947, in conference with General Hilldring and Mr. Vincent with following modification:
We are prepared to agree to four-power unanimity as stated in the attached memorandum but are not prepared to agree to six-power unanimity as stated therein. The Secretary believes that the inclusion of France, in view of its negative record in the Pacific during the war, among the “principally interested” powers would inevitably raise embarrassing [Page 458] issues with other Pacific nations, such as New Zealand, the Netherlands, India and the Philippines.