240 Cablegram to Canberra

Jakarta, 23 September 1975

O.JA2018 SECRET PRIORITY

Portuguese Timor

Ref. 0.CH2699401

We note from your reference telegram that charter flights from Australia to Portuguese Timor would be suspended inter alia if the security situation in Timor were to deteriorate to a point which made such flights hazardous.

  1. Today's local press has reported that UDT and APODETI have combined their military operations and will use guerrilla tactics against FRETILIN beginning this week. (This accords generally with information we have received from Indonesian sources.) In these circumstances our Indonesian contacts do not rule out the possibility that attempts will be made to put airports out of action.
  2. The future security of the airports is also relevant in your consideration of Australian food aid for Portuguese Timor.

[NAA: Al0463, 801/13/11/1, xiv]