Evatt to McIntosh

Cablegram 9 CANBERRA, 6 January 1945


Reference D.1827 and D.5, World Organisation. [1] My view is that issues raised regarding right and extent of veto of Great Powers on Security Council, though very important, should not be regarded as so important as to preclude the very early establishment of proposed organisation. We regard Russian and American adherence to world organisation at earliest possible moment as vital. Further we would wish not to be bound to any cut and dried scheme before a general conference. In other words there must be maximum participation by powers other than Big Three in shaping details and procedure of organisation. This I think is in line with the recent analysis of Dumbarton Oaks draft which we made at Wellington.

I would appreciate the views of your Prime Minister before preparing reply to Dominions Office. [2]


1 Cablegram D1827, dispatched 18 December 1944, conveyed draft provisions on voting procedure in the Security Council suggested to Stalin by Roosevelt, including the proposal that parties to a dispute should not vote, and Roosevelt’s request for a meeting of the Big Three to settle the voting question as soon as possible.

Cablegram D5, dispatched 2 January, affirmed the principle that the Great Power veto should not apply in the Security Council. On file AA:A816, 146/301/3.

2 As Fraser was not due back in New Zealand before 12 January, McIntosh replied in cablegram 3, dispatched 7 January (on file AA:A1066, H45/765). He noted the N.Z. Govt’s agreement (in cablegram 1, dispatched 6 January, on the same file) with the proposal that


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