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275 Attlee to Curtin

Circular cablegram D633 LONDON, 8 September 1943, 11.05 a.m.

SECRET AND PERSONAL

The Prime Minister has asked me to recall to you his message in
telegram D. No. 219 of 15th April. [1] Now that the Australian and
South African elections are over and that the New Zealand election
has been fixed for September, Mr. Churchill greatly hopes that it
will now be found possible definitely to arrange a meeting of the
five Prime Ministers in London in November. There are strong
reasons for holding such a meeting as explained in that telegram
and recent events have indeed emphasized the desirability of early
consultation between the Prime Ministers, especially on post war
problems. It is not of course a formal Imperial Conference of the
pre-war type that is in mind, but a meeting of the five Prime
Ministers, the number of official advisers being kept to the
minimum.

The importance of adequate preparation was stressed in replies to
the Prime Minister's earlier message. We are fully alive to the
importance of this and if the date proposed is generally
acceptable we would send as soon as possible, for your
consideration, suggestions as to the agenda for the meetings and
as to the best method of arranging for the necessary preparatory
work. As time is short for this, Prime Minister would be grateful
for the earliest possible reply.


1 Document 157.

[FA:A3195, 1943, BOX, MOST SECRET INWARDS MASTER SHEETS FROM SECDO, 1.37505]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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