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Whitlam/Tanaka joint communique

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31 October .1973


Below is the text of the communique issued in Tokyo

on 30.October 1373 by the Prime Minister of Australia,

Mr Whitlam and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Tanaka:

"The Australian Prime Minister and Minister for ·

Foreign Affairs, The Hon. E„G. Whitlam, Q.C., M.P. accompanied

by Mrs Whitlam, paid an official visit to Japan from

26 October until 31 October 1973 at the invitation of the

Government of Japan.

During their stay in Japan, Mr and Mrs Whitlam were

received in audience by Their Majesties the Emperor and

Empress and were given a luncheon at the Imperial Palace.

The Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Kakuei Tanaka,

and Mrs Tanaka hosted a dinner in honour of Mr and Mrs Whitlam

at the official, residence of the Prime Minister.

During his stay in Japan, Mr Whitlam had talks with

leading Japanese figures in various fields.

Mr and Mrs Whitlam also paid a visit to Nara, where

they had an opportunity of acquainting themselves with the

traditional culture of Japan..

Mr Whitlam attended, as the leader of the Australian

Delegation, the 2nd meeting of the Australia-Japan Ministerial

Committee which was held in Tokyo on 29 and 30 October.

Mr Whitlam had valuable exchanges of views with the

Prime Minister, Mr Tanaka, and with the Minister for Foreign

Affairs, Mr Masayoshi Ohira, on a wide range of major issues

of mutual concern in the current international situation.

These talks were held in a warm and frank

atmosphere reflecting the close and friendly relationship

between the two countries.

The Ministers welcomed the Security Council

Resolutions 338, 339 and 340 of October 1973 adopted for an

immediate and complete ceasefire in the Middle East.

The Ministers further emphasised the need for prompt

action to implement in all its aspects Security Council

Resolution 242 of 1967, which in their view continued to

provide the best basis for a just and durable settlement in the

Middle East. ·

The Ministers, taking note of the new situation in

the Asian and Pacific region in which the two countries are

located, and noting the signs of the relaxation of tension

in the Asian and Pacific region, agreed that the two governments

should cooperate with each other for the maintenance of peace and

stability in the region which has an important bearing on world

peace. .

The Ministers also noted that, in the new and

changing situation in the Asian and Pacific region, regional

cooperation would play an increasingly important part in the

progress and development of the region.

The Ministers agreed that the two governments should

contribute to the promotion of regional cooperation and the

enhancement of the spirit of solidarity, and thereby should

endeavour to meet the needs and interests of the countries in

the region. ·

In this context, the Ministers noted with satisfaction

the participation of Australia in the Ministerial Conference

for Economic Development of South East Asia which was recently

held in Tokyo. .

The Ministers expressed their satisfaction at the

agreement on ending the war and restoring peace in Viet-Nam

signed in Paris on 27 January 1973» and also at the agreement

on restoring peace and realising national concord in Laos of

21 February 1973» and the protocol to that agreement signed

on 14 September 1973»

The Ministers reaffirmed that all provisions of the

agreements should be observed and implemented scrupulously

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so as to open the way to a lasting peace in all the countries

of Indo-China, and to enable the peoples of those countries

to settle their affairs themselves peacefully without outside


The Ministers agreed that in order to secure peace

and stability in Indo-China, there was an urgent and strong

need for all countries to extend humanitarian and economic

assistance to this region.

The Ministers affirmed the importance they attach to

the preservation of peace in the Korean Peninsula.

The Ministers welcomed the new developments in the

Korean Peninsula, and expressed the readiness of their

governments to contribute to the furtherance of peace and

stability in that area. .

The Ministers recognised the importance of promoting

disarmament, under effective international control, in particular

further effective measures relating to the cessation of the

nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear,disarmament,

and, expressed their determination to work for lasting world

peace. .

In this connection they reaffirmed their strong

opposition to the conduct of all nuclear weapons tests,

particularly in the atmosphere, by whatever nation.

■ The Ministers,. reviewing the relations between

Australia and Japan expressed their satisfaction with the fact

that cordial and friendly relations in the political, economic,

social and cultural fields continued to develop.

The Ministers agreed that the two governments, with a

view to further promoting cooperation and mutual understanding

between the two countries, should consult together on various

questions of mutual interest.

It was agreed that the two governments would begin

discussions on a broad bilateral treaty which would help to

formalise stabilise and broaden relations between Australia

and Japan in the economic and related fields.

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The Ministers discussed a wide range of economic

issues of mutual interest including development and trade of

mineral and energy resources, trade of foodstuffs and

agricultural products, and conditions for business activities

and investment.

The Ministers agreed that it was essential for the

prosperity of both countries to promote further cooperative

relations between the two countries in the broadest possible

area on the basis of mutual benefit and advantage. .

The Ministers, taking note of the development of

broad exchanges not only in the political and economic fields

but also in the cultural and academic spheres and a marked

increase of mutual interest therein, were at one in their

view that these cultural exchanges should further be promoted

in order to strengthen the friendly relations between ,the two


To this end, the Ministers recognised the necessity

of concluding a cultural agreement between the two countries,

and agreed that negotiations for that purpose should be

commenced at a mutually convenient time.

The Ministers, cognizant of the need for increased

contacts between the two countries in the fields of the .

protection of nature and the preservation of the human

environment, agreed to commence, as a first step in

cooperation to that end, negotiations to conclude a treaty .

oh the protection of migratory and other birds.

Mr Whitlam expressed his deep appreciation to the

government and the people of Japan for the very warm welcome

extended to him, his wife and members of his party,during their

stay in Japan. ,

Mr Whitlam extended a cordial invitation, in the name

of the Government of Australia, for Mr Tanaka to visit


This invitation was accepted with appreciation.

The date of the visit is to be decided later through

normal diplomatic c h a n n e l s . ,