468 Department of External Affairs to Eastman
Cablegram 25 CANBERRA, 21 December 1945
Your 42. 
We agree that it would be desirable to issue simultaneous release in Canberra, Bangkok and Singapore of terms of Australian letters with covering statements at same time as release regarding British formal agreement.
Covering statement on following lines. Begins.
'The Australian Government has been concerning itself with question of a settlement with Siam against whom it declared war on 2nd March, 1942. Preliminary letters of agreement have been exchanged. In these letters Siam undertakes in return for the termination of the state of war at an early date to make full recompense for the sufferings, misfortunes and losses inflicted upon Australian citizens and interests in Siam as a result of the action of the Siamese Government which entered into an alliance with Japan on 21st December, 1941 and declared war on Great Britain on 25th January, 1942. Other objectives assured by Siam as an earnest of its good faith were the apprehension of war criminals and the tending of the war graves of Australians who perished there. Siam pledges itself also to participate in regional security arrangements in South East Asia under the provisions of the United Nations Charter. Australia looks forward to the re-establishment of friendly relations with an independent Siamese Government devoted to the principles of the United Nations.' Ends.
We are considering your comment regarding termination of state of war  at an early date after the signing of the letter of agreements.