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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

Sir PHILIP McBRIDE - lt is true thai on 22nd October, 1956, representatives of 82 countries met and discussed the statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency and agreed to certain revisions of that statute. I understand that on 26th October, when this statute was open for signature, the representatives of 70 nations signed it subject to ratification by their respective governments. I believe that the representative of the' Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was among those who signed. Australia also signed. I point out that while the fact of signing this statute indicated the feelings of those nations which were represented as to the powers and provisions that they wanted this agency to exercise, it is true that, until the statute is ratified by those nations, they do nol commit themselves to that action. I understand that the statute will come into operation when eighteen nations have ratified it. Those nations must include three of the following: - Canada, France, the United Kingdom, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the United States of America. Therefore, until eighteen nations have signed, including three of the nations to which I have just, referred, the statute will not operate.

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