286 Bruce to Curtin
Cablegram 173[A] LONDON, 27 September 1943
Dominions Office telegrams 664 and 665. 
The fact that a decision should have been taken by the United Kingdom Government approving the text of a draft Declaration in favour of Austrian independence and that this Declaration should have been communicated to the United States of America and U.S.S.R. without any further consultation or communication with the Dominions appears to me, having regard to your telegram to the Dominions Office 201 of 4th August  and Smuts' telegram (repeated to you 89 ), to constitute strong evidence of the contention contained in the latter part of paragraph 6 of your telegram to the Dominions Office 244. 
While it may well be that we would after further consultation have indicated our agreement, I have protested strongly against the way this matter has been handled, even describing it as 'insulting' to the Dominions. You may feel it desirable to register your protest to the United Kingdom Government although, no doubt, it would be couched in more restrained and diplomatic language than I have employed.