Reference: Our Tel. 185 of Dec. 29, 1953.?
(Ref. for CANAC -- Our Tel. 931 of Dec. 29, 1953)
Repeat Canac No. 2.
Other interested Departments agree with our view that Canada should not repeat not at this time request associate membership in the Transport Conference. Will you please pass this information on an informal basis to the Belgian authorities explaining that our decision has been taken in view of personnel difficulties and the likelihood that the substantive work of the Conference may not be of direct concern to Canada. You should add that we hope to follow developments in the Transport Conference through our association with OEEC and that should circumstances change we will reconsider our present decision.
2. During the session of the Transport Conference to take place in Paris this week our Delegation to OEEC may be questioned concerning Canadian intentions. In response to enquiries, it will be in order for the Delegation to convey the information contained in paragraph 1 above.
3. We shall also inform the Belgian Embassy in Ottawa of our decision.