258 Department of External Affairs to Australian Delegation, United Nations

Cablegram 439 CANBERRA, 7 August 1947, 4 p.m.

MOST IMMEDIATE SECRET

Your UN. 731. [1]

Prime Minister's press statement [2] will make position clear and give you clear mandate.

Please contact Sjahrir as soon as possible and put our point of view on Australian United States arbitration.

Understand he has authority to act without reference to his government.

1 Document 252.

2 Document 255.

[AA:A1838/274, 854/10/4, ii]