Peace Treaty Negotiations

Oral Answers to Questions — Japan – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th September 1948.

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Photo of Mr Luke Teeling Mr Luke Teeling , Brighton 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he has taken in recent months to further the chances of peace with Japan; whether he will take the opportunity of the presence in Europe of Australia's Foreign Minister to come to some joint Anglo-Australian agreement on this subject; and whether he will consider making a further approach to Washington to bring about a solution to our differences on this subject.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

As is well known, His Majesty's Government strongly favour an early Japanese peace treaty; and are of course in constant touch with the Australian Government and also with other Commonwealth Governments on this question. As to the third part of the Question, the position is not one of difference with the United States Government, but that the Soviet Union and China, for their own reasons, could not see their way to accepting American proposals for the summoning of a Peace Conference last year.