131 Commonwealth Government to Lord Caldecote, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Cablegram 495 21 September 1940,
Your telegram 348 of 19th September.  Assuming New Caledonia generally accepts De Gaulle regime, the situation will not be stabilised while French sloops DUMONT D'URVILLE and AMIRAL CHARNER remain in a position to interfere. In view of United Kingdom Government policy (telegram D.459 of 9th September ) and present operations off west coast of Africa, request concurrence in following proposed action.
(a) Prevent French sloops DUMONT D'URVILLE and AMIRAL CHARNER from entering New Caledonia territorial waters.
(b) Endeavour to intercept both sloops and inform them they will not be permitted to interfere with New Caledonia Government or people in any way.
(c) Endeavour to obtain assurance that both ships leave southern waters immediately.
(d) Allow them sufficient oil fuel to return to Saigon, if assurance paragraph (c)-is given.
(e) Force to be used only as a last resort to ensure compliance with (a), (b) and (c).