17 Department of External Affairs to Maloney

Cablegram 9 CANBERRA, 16 January 1944

Your S.3. [1] Thanks your telegram. Views expressed in paragraph 5 [2] are in accordance with conclusions we have reached. High Com missioner, London, has been requested to take up matter with Eden again and press for an early settlement by Polish Government. [3]

Please inform Soviet Minister for Foreign Affairs [4] of our point of view and the action we are taking, intimating our desire, and, indeed, our objective, to promote a friendly settlement of the Polish question and to establish normal diplomatic relations as soon as possible.

1 Dispatched 11 January. On file AA:A989, 44/715/5/2, ii.

2 Maloney had expressed the view that the Polish Govt should make early political and territorial concessions to the Soviet Union in return for resumption of Polish-Soviet diplomatic relations.

3 See Documents 11 and 16.

4 V. M. Molotov.

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