355 Department of External Affairs to External Affairs Office, London

Cablegram 2917, CANBERRA, 5 August 1948

IMMEDIATE SECRET

ITALIAN COLONIES My immediately following telegram contains points for inclusion in written statement for submission to Deputies.

2. Statement should be cleared with Minister before presentation. In view of likelihood that Foreign Ministers will disagree and will refer whole question to United Nations, statement has been drafted in general terms and does not commit us to any particular solution at this stage.

3. Statement cleared with Defence who agree that since it is in general terms [onl]y, it raises no issue from Defence aspect affecting views given in paragraph 5 of our 2782.

4. Your 2604. We do not wish to present views orally.

[AA : A1838, 852/10/9, I]