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247 Mr N. Chamberlain, U.K. Prime Minister, to Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister

Cablegram 84 LONDON, 3 September 1938, 10.04 p.m.


Most grateful for the views of His Majesty's Government in the
Commonwealth of Australia as stated in your telegram No. 84. [1]
We much appreciate the expression of strong support of our policy
as declared in my speech of 24th March and reaffirmed in Sir John
Simons [2] speech of 27th August. We are giving the most careful
consideration to the Commonwealth Government's views in the light
of the situation as it develops.

On the particular question of the publication of the present Czech
proposals you will have seen the latest position from the
Secretary of State's telegram Circular B. 207. [3]

1 Document 245.

2 U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer.

3 Circular cablegram B207 from the Dominions Secretary, dated and
received 2 September 1938, not printed, said that Lord Runciman
believed that publication of Dr Benes's proposals (see Document
244, note 2) would have 'an evil effect' and the United Kingdom
Government had accepted his decision. Lord Runciman was pressing
Benes to go 'to the utmost limits' to meet Sudeten demands, and
had sent two messages to Hitler through the Sudeten Party leader,
Konrad Henlein (see Document 248).

Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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