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186 Officer to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 83 KUYBYSHEV, 11 May 1943, 5.15 p.m.


British Embassy has advised me of the proposal that Australia
should assume the protection of Polish subjects and interests in
the U.S.S.R. during the suspension of their diplomatic relations.

(2) You may have already come to a decision and no doubt would do
so on grounds of policy. You will not have overlooked the fact
that such protection would be liable to cause constant friction
with the Soviet Authorities. The Legation would of course do their
utmost to avoid friction and prevent it, if it did occur,
impairing our general relations.

(3) Amount of extra work entailed would depend on whether the
Soviet Authorities permitted the Poles to communicate freely with
the Legation. If they did not (which is most likely) we would
require [1] Third Secretary and a clerical officer who could read,
speak and type Polish. If they did, work would be very greatly
increased and include general protection, welfare and passports
and we would require (a) experienced Diplomatic Secretary, (b) two
assistants with the rank of Third Secretary, able to speak and
read Polish, (c) three male clerical officers able to read and
type Polish. (c) could not be found locally but might be found in
Egypt or Palestine.

1 The original was here annotated 'word inserted'.

[AA:A989, 43-44/715/5/2/2]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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