381 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister
Cablegram 422 LONDON, 14 June 1940, 7.33 p.m.
MOST SECRET FOR PRIME MINISTER
Netherlands East Indies Following is letter received today from Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs.  (Begins) I think that you ought to know that we have heard from a reliable source that the Japanese Consul- General Sydney  has informed his Government that statement by Commonwealth Minister for External Affairs to the effect that Consul-General had 'given an assurance on behalf of Japanese Government that Japan will take no action inconsistent with status quo of Netherlands East Indies' was untrue. Consul-General has stated that he never employed such terminology.  (Ends.)