503 Sir John Latham, Minister to Japan, to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 289 TOKYO, 12 June 1941, 4.47 p.m.
My telegram No. 288.  As it is important to give extremist elements no excuse for picking a quarrel with the Netherlands East Indies, particularly on basis allegations of encirclement, I urge that no public statement be made at present offering or suggesting Australian support or assistance to Netherlands East Indies and that press should exercise great discretion.