131 Evatt to Curtin (in London)

Cablegram 42 [1] CANBERRA, 5 May 1944

MOST SECRET

For Curtin from Evatt.

Further to my 36. [2] Future of Italy. Defence Committee have submitted following observations upon Defence aspects of matter- (1) That no territories south of the Suez Canal should be left in Italian hands.

(2) That the disposition of Italian Overseas Possessions in the Mediterranean Area should be such that British Naval and Air Communications in the Mediterranean are adequately safeguarded.

[3]

O.12078]

1 Sent through the Commonwealth Govt Accredited Representative in London.

2 Document 125.

3 On 16 May Curtin advised Evatt that the question of the disposal of the Italian colonial empire had not come before the Conference, which had in fact 'confined its activities to the original purpose of an exchange of views'. See cablegram 21 on file AA:A989, E44/455/9/1.

[AA:A3196, 1944, FOLDER, OUTWARDS MOST SECRET MASTER SHEETS,