279 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, to Dr H. V. Evatt, Minister for External Affairs
Cablegram 31 LONDON, 17 January 1942, 6.48 p.m.
FOR MINISTER SECRET
Your telegram 18.  I have felt out with Netherlands Government
positions regarding higher status but their reaction is strongly
against. The reason for this attitude which I have been given
privately and which I transmit for your personal information is
that they do not like anything which tends to suggest an
independent status for Netherlands East Indies. Rightly or wrongly
they feel accrediting a diplomatic representative by Australia
would have this effect. In the circumstances having regard to the
fact that our representative, whatever he is called, will be
afforded all necessary facilities and status I suggest we should
not press them.
All my enquiries indicated van Aerssen is a first class person.
[AA:A981, NETHERLANDS 20, i]