416 Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister, to Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States

Cablegram 31 LONDON, 21 April 1941, 9.21 p.m.

MOST SECRET FOR THE MINISTER

Steps being taken through Halifax [1] and [Winant] [2] to press for joint declaration by British Empire, United States of America and Netherlands East Indies. Please do everything you can to take part in these representations. Position in Middle East may make matter extremely urgent. [3]

MENZIES

1 U.K. Ambassador to the United States.

2 U. S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Inserted from the copy repeated to A. W. Fadden, Acting Prime Minister, as no. M69. See file AA: A981, Japan 185B, i.

3 On 21 April Menzies suggested that Fadden should cable Casey direct on the subject of the joint declaration. See cablegram M68 on file AA: A1608, N41/1/1.

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