62 Dunk and Burton to Watt
Cablegram 136 PARIS, 9 August 1946, 8.30 p.m.
Your P114 South Seas Commission.  The Minister is prepared under the circumstances for the Conference to be postponed until January. Although he agrees in principle with the Prime Minister's view on invitation he thinks it important that the matter should not drag and suggests that invitations should be issued now without a date being given. Please check with the Prime Minister on this and advise whether he agrees.  If so, we will informally test the Dutch on their acceptance of an invitation made then issue a simply worded invitation from here.  When the whole matter is finalised you could let the Canberra representatives of the Governments concerned know quite informally of our general views on the date for convening the Conference.