259 Commonwealth Government to Cranborne

Cablegram 207 CANBERRA, 26 August 1944

SECRET

Your D1080 [1] and subsequent telegrams. [2]

1. Australian Government accepts the proposal for an early British Commonwealth conference on civil aviation at the official level.

2. United States Government by a Note [3] delivered to the Australian Minister at Washington has asked the Australian Government to furnish information concerning our tentative plans for International air routes. We propose to reply that we are not in a position to supply Australian plans and that we would prefer to have these discussed at the United Nations conference it is proposed to hold later this year. Before doing so we would appreciate your comments.

1 Document 240.

2 Document 241 and Cranborne's cablegrams D1101 and D1102 (dispatched 4 August) and D1185 (dispatched 22 August), on file AA:A989, 43/735/832/1, ii.

3 The text of the note, dated 29 July, is given in cablegram 688 from Washington, dispatched 1 August. On the file cited in note 2.

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