272 Mr T. Elink Schuurman, Netherlands Consul-General in Australia, to Lt Col W. R. Hodgson, Secretary of Department of External Affairs

Telegram SYDNEY, 25 May 1940, 10.54 a.m.

With regard to statement Minister External Affairs in Parliament yesterday [1] could you indicate to me on behalf of Netherlands Indies Government nature and tenure of assurances exchanged between Commonwealth and Japan relating to status quo Netherlands Indies. [2]

ELINK SCHUURMAN

1 See Document 277.

2 Hodgson replied on 25 May 1940 enclosing a copy of the official record of the conversation as printed in Document 279. There is a copy of Hodgson's letter On file AA: A981, Netherlands 33.

[AA: A981, NETHERLANDS 33]