248 Commonwealth Government to Attlee
Cablegram 185 CANBERRA, 21 July 1943
Your telegram D.432. 
We note that if and when recognition is accorded to French Committee of Liberation on behalf of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom you propose to convey it through Resident Minister at Algiers.
2. Delegate in Australia of French National Committee  made formal request for recognition on 15th June and as requested we have withheld reply pending advice that you are prepared to proceed with this. In the circumstances we think it best to convey recognition of His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia in our reply to the Delegate. We will, of course, consider carefully question of reservations on receipt of further advice from you.
3. We take this opportunity to express our anxiety lest further delay in recognising the Committee should not only jeopardise the British position with regard to the French, but cause bewilderment in case of Allies who have already recognised the Committee, and of others such as Soviet Union who desire to do so. We have been impressed with views expressed by Resident Minister in your telegram D.436  and, while we appreciate necessity for keeping in step with United States in this matter, we attach importance to Resident Minister's warning that prestige gained by British Commonwealth regarding French policy to date may be compromised if present situation continues.