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56 Commonwealth Government to Lord Cranborne, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs

Cablegram 571 [1] CANBERRA, 2, September 1941


Your M.273 [2] and 274. [3]

His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia concurs
generally in the line of action proposed, but would prefer Formula
(1) or in some way an indication that our action is being taken in
concert with that of the United States. It is noted, however, that
the terms of your proposed warning, especially the phrase 'even
though these might lead to war between Great Britain and Japan'
are much stronger and go beyond those of the United States, vide
M.268. [4]

We find some difficulty in interpreting the term South West
Pacific Area. In our view, the country most threatened by further
aggression at the moment is Thailand, and it is not clear that the
term does apply to Thailand. It may be that your intention is to
leave this point deliberately obscure.

1 Repeated to the N.Z. [Acting] Prime Minister as no 336.

2 Document 52.

3 Dispatched 28 August. On file AA:A1608, A41/1/1 xxiv.

4 See Document 52, note 1.

[AA: A981, JAPAN 185B, ii]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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