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245 Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States, to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 1249 WASHINGTON, 1 January 1942, 1.05 a.m


My telegram 1240. [1]

'Letter of instructions' has been continuously discussed and
somewhat amended but I believe not in any really important sense
from what I have sent you. It will be considered by President [2]
and Churchill tomorrow after which presumably it will be
telegraphed to you in full.

The question of 'appropriate body' which is to give instructions
to supreme commander is still undecided. Difficulties are-(a) that
at such a body would have to make decisions not only in respect of
South-West Pacific but wherever the war is being conducted against
the Axis, and (b) that members of such a body would have to refer
any matter of consequence back to their Governments. Opinion at
moment is tending towards a joint staff body in London and a
similar body in Washington, which would receive supreme
commander's recommendations and after quick consideration consult
with Governments concerned.


1 Document 243.

2 Franklin D. Roosevelt.

[AA:A981, WAR 54]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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