Editorial Note

Prime Minister Sidney G. Holland of New Zealand visited Washington February 5–10, 1951.

Telegram 149 to Wellington, February 10, was a summary of talks held during the Prime Minister’s visit. In it the Department stated in part:

“In discussion [of a Japanese peace] treaty, Rusk indicated difficulties which Holland understood: onus on US if responsible for policing restrictions Jap rearmament, also Commie bid Jap support in such event, present Jap disarmament sentiment, difficulty US indefinitely committing forces defend Jap view obvious ability contribute own defense.

“Holland indicated problems security, non-restrictive Jap treaty more acute Aus where strong polit issue, contrast NZ,” (694.001/2–1051)