97 Sir Walford Selby, U.K. Ambassador to Portugal, to Commonwealth Government

Cablegram unnumbered LISBON, 31 May 1939, 5.03 p.m.

Your telegram of 6th April [1], Australia Timor Air Service.

Portuguese Government are in principle agreeable subject to satisfactory negotiations on basis of reciprocity.

Governor of Timor [2] is being instructed to afford facilities to a responsible officer of the Australian Civil Aviation Department to examine the question in conjunction with the local authorities.

Portuguese Government also hold it desirable to establish a period within which the service shall be inaugurated and that agreement shall lapse if the service be not inaugurated within that time.

1 Document 71.

2 Captain Antonio J. Magro, Acting Governor of Portuguese Timor.

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