Volume #18 - 16.|
CONDUITE DES RELATIONS EXTÉRIEURES
REPRÉSENTATION DIPLOMATIQUE ET CONSULAIRE
Note du sous-secrétaire d'État aux Affaires extérieures|
pour le secrétaire d'État aux Affaires extérieures
le 26 juin 1952|
EXCHANGE OF DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIVES BETWEEN CANADA AND AUSTRIA|
On a number of occasions since the end of
1947, latterly through the consular representatives in Ottawa (Dr. Frederick
Riedl-Riedenstein, until October last Consul-General, and Baron Kurt F.J.
Paümann, Honorary Vice-Consul and presently in charge of their Consulate
General), the Austrian Government have raised the question of an exchange of
diplomatic representation with Canada. In January of this year, following your
agreement that we should accredit our Swiss representative to Vienna as soon as
possible,9 we informed Baron Paümann that we were ready to proceed in
this way. We told him that within a year we might find it possible to appoint a
junior officer to Vienna who would act on the instructions of Mr.
Doré.10 On March 11, Baron Paümann told us that his Government had
agreed to this double accreditation.
Confusion then occurred when we were informed through our High Commissioner in London early in March that the Austrian Government wished to appoint Dr. W. Peinsipp as Consul General in Ottawa, which was difficult to reconcile with the agreement just reached for the exchange of diplomatic missions. Baron Paümann undertook to secure clarification from his Government.
On May 12, our High Commissioner11 sent us a telegram stating the Austrian Ambassador had informed him the latter's government now wished to appoint Dr. Peinsipp as Austrian Chargé d'Affaires in Ottawa. In reply, we asked the High Commissioner to ascertain if it was intended that Dr. Peinsipp should be Chargé d'Affaires ad interim to which we would gladly agree, or Chargé d'Affaires en pied which would require further study on our part. Under date of June 10, the High Commissioner wired us that during an interview in which he explained our position to the Austrian Ambassador, the latter wondered whether we would object to receiving an Austrian Minister who was also accredited to another country on the understanding there would be a resident Chargé d'Affaires in Ottawa. The High Commissioner told him the only exception we had thus far made in favour of double accreditation was for countries which were members of the North Atlantic alliance, and that he did not think Luxembourg and Portugal constituted a precedent for receiving an Austrian Minister who was also accredited to United States.
These remarks of the Austrian Ambassador were apparently speculative and the
High Commissioner thinks the Austrian Government eventually will simply
designate Dr. Peinsipp as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim. There have been
no further developments to date.
L. D. W[ILGRESS]