135 Commonwealth Government to Cranborne
Cablegram 107  CANBERRA, 6 May 1944
Your D.358.  Portuguese Timor.
As Portuguese envoy  is now reported to have completed investigations in Timor we think time has come to seek from Portuguese clarification of their position.
Salazar's  decision not to visit London for staff talks  and the arrangement with Japanese for inspection of Timor by Portuguese official, together with progress of events in South- West Pacific forces us to conclusion that Portugal hopes that Timor will be reoccupied without any military contribution or effort on her part. If this in fact eventuates, the failure of Portuguese to participate in the liberation of their own territory will raise the question of her capacity to act in any regional colonial arrangement.