326 Massey to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 510 SINGAPORE, 9 September 1947, 6.38 p.m.
MOST IMMEDIATE TOP SECRET
Your telegram No.474.  I saw Killearn at once. He was deeply appreciative of the request. He is however in a state of considerable emotion because your message has reached him almost simultaneously with a secret and personal letter from Sjarifoeddin expressing the Republican Government's hope that the United Kingdom will be the third mediating power, that Killearn himself will be Chairman of the Conference and that this will be held in Singapore. In his letter Sjarifoeddin asks that the Australian Government be informed this represents the official view of the Republican Cabinet. 
2. Killearn gave me a copy of the letter which is very long but of vital interest and is being sent to you by special air bag placing Lancastrian. It should reach Sydney Friday afternoon.
3. Killearn has asked in the circumstances to be given until tomorrow to reply to Prime Minister's message.