146 Evatt to Killearn

Cablegram 116 CANBERRA, 1 October 1946

SECRET IMMEDIATE PERSONAL

I cannot but regard the position as set out in your message sent to me through our representative at Singapore [1] as most unsatisfactory particularly in view of the original message contained in your letter handed to me at Singapore on my journey one month ago to Australia. [2] Australia has a primary interest in a just settlement of this problem which has been far too long delayed.

I was made fully aware of the general position some time ago by Lord Inverchapel and I think the time has come when Australia can no longer be excluded from participation; otherwise our difficulties may be further increased.

1 Document 141.

2 See Document 90, note 1.

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