180 Commonwealth Government to Lord Cranborne, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Cablegram 791 CANBERRA, 11 December 1941
MOST IMMEDIATE MOST SECRET
Your telegram 812.  Commonwealth Government desires Portuguese
Government to issue authorisation to Governor  to make local
request for military assistance and Australian Forces would give
all assistance within their limited resources. We agree similar
authority to invite Dutch assistance should be issued.
We think there is ample evidence of Japanese designs upon
territory as scheme of Japanese strategy includes taking
possession all possible bases and Japanese have already
established so-called civil air service between Dilli and Pelew.
For this reason Portugal might well be requested to invite Allied
troops to protect her possession even at this stage.
[AA: A981, TIMOR (PORTUGUESE) 3, i]