477 Commonwealth Government to Lord Cranborne, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Cablegram 329 30 May 1941,
Your M. 95.  Recognition of Czechoslovak Government:
Commonwealth Government considers that objections to Dr. Benes'  request set out in paragraph 3 of your telegram under reference are substantial and that it is doubtful whether the full recognition of Provisional Government would not on balance prejudice position of Dr. Benes' followers in protectorate and impair present degree of collaboration with Hacha  Government.
Moreover, Commonwealth Government attaches importance to the reservations made at time of recognition of Provisional Government, namely that such recognition should not be taken as committing us to recognise or support the establishment in the future of any particular frontiers in Europe or as binding us to any particular position as regards continued juridical existence of Czechoslovak Republic.
In spite of personal assurances which Dr. Benes might give, it seems not unlikely that the accordance of full recognition as requested by Governments of the British Commonwealth would, in fact, be construed in other countries as committing us to restoration of Czechoslovakia in original form.
We believe we should not undertake at the present stage anything which can be regarded as a commitment.
In general, we do not feel that there is justification for altering existing status of Czechoslovakian Provisional Government.
Czechoslovak Consul-General in Australia  has full status and recognition as representative of Provisional Government and present position is on a satisfactory basis from our point of view.