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22 SET 1944

(Buenos Aires)

Party 485

As a tribute to the solidarity of the United Nations, now that the liberation of Europe is becoming an established fact, the British Broadcasting Corporation, in the person of its local representative, Mr. Christopher B. Gorton, gave a cocktail party yesterday evening at which the guests of honour were the Inter-Allied Coordination Committee, under its president, Mr. Mervyn Ryan, C.B.E.

A number of the Allied nations were represented, one diplomatic representative and two from each of the various communities being invited. Thus — in alphabetical order — there was Mr. G. Walravens, the Chargé d'Affaires, Mrs. Walravens, and Mr. and Mrs. M. Dechamps representing Belgium; and Mr. and Mrs. S. Holten-Nielsen and Mr. and Mrs. H. Lebeck representing Denmark; Mr. and Mrs. R. Leroy and Mr. and Mrs. D. Dhainant representing France; the Chargé d'Affaires, Mr. C. A. E. Shuckburgh, Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Ryan and Mr. G. H. Gibbs representing Great Britain; the Dutch Chargé d'Affaires, Mr. J. G. L. van Dorp, Mrs. van Dorp, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. D. Neumann, Mr. H. H. Smith and Mr. and Mrs. H. P. E. Laqueur representing Holland; the Chargé d'Affaires, Dr. F. Dominikovic and Mr. J. Markovic representing Jugoslavia; the Chargé d'Affaires, Mr. D. Wakeford Wesman, with Mrs. Wakeford Wesman and Dr. and Mrs. W. Lindboe, representing Norway; Mr. J. Stempokski representing Poland, and Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Grainger representing the United States.

Mr. T. W. Pears representative of the British Ministry of information and Mrs. T. W. Pears, were also present, as was Mr. A. Hamwee, secretary of the Inter-Allied Coordination Committee, and Mrs. Hamwee, and Mr. L. Haida, of the Czechoslovak Union.

A particularly charming and picturesque guest was Miss Lee Ya Ching, the Chinese aviatrix at present visiting this country , very smart in an all-black Chinese satin costume and a member of yet another Allied nation Mr. P. Schostakovsky, who was a Russian colonel in the last was and whose forecasts have been amazingly correct during the present war, was also present. Pressed to give his opinion on the probably date of the end of the war in Europe, Mr. Schostakovsky replied that he thought that, speaking from a military standpoint, hostilities would be over by November 1, but he did not consider there would be any definite date for their cessation. As organised resistance ceased, many groups of German soldiers might hold out individually and so might different towns, and there would not be a definite moment for the "Cease Fire."

It was recalled by some of the guests that the Inter-Allied Coordination Committee was started just four years ago, in October, 1940, when the idea was discussed for the first time between an Englishman and a Dutchman, before an actual committee was formed, and that it was a patriotic fair in Olivos, to which members of all the Allied nations were invited which forned the first inter-Alled event held in this country.
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