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201 Commonwealth Government to Mr David Ross, U.K. Consul in Dili

Radio message 3 [1] CANBERRA, 18 December 1941


Glad if you would convey following message to Governor of Timor
[2] in answer to cablegram received from him today. [3]

(Begins) In reply to your communication Commonwealth Government
regrets that in order defend against Japanese aggression it has
been found necessary to prevent Japanese breach neutrality in
Timor. We assure you Portuguese sovereignty will not be impaired
and in fact it is to defend that sovereignty as well as to prevent
Japanese aggression that our forces have co-operated with
Netherlands Government in taking this action. Commonwealth
Government desire to assist in every way possible regarding
administration and economic life of colony. (Ends)

1 Ross had been advised on 17 December that the Air Board had
instructed Air Intelligence, Darwin, to transmit messages directly
between himself and the External Affairs Dept in Canberra. See
radio message 2 on file AA:A981, Timor (Portuguese) 3, i.

2 M. de A. Ferreira de Carvalho.

3 See Document 200, note 2.

Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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