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349 Evatt to Bruce

Cablegram [N]6 [1] CANBERRA, 13 December 1943


Your N.40. [2]

Please inform van Kleffens [3] whatever may be the position later
in 1944 the present time is quite inopportune to establish the
formal organisation or set-up which would inevitably be associated
with presence of gubernatorial regime in Australia itself. It
would multiply existing difficulties and tend to duplicate direct
relationships with Netherlands Government. Moreover, it would
establish a completely false feeling of complacency on the ground
that re-occupation of the Netherlands East Indies was imminent.

Please convey to van Kleffens message from me to the effect of our
intention shortly in the New Year to call a conference on
ministerial level of countries concerned in the South-West Pacific
Area and that I am hoping that he will be able personally to
represent the Netherlands Government, as his knowledge and
experience would be of inestimable value.

1 Inserted from Bruce's copy on file AA:M100, December 1943.

2 Document 348.

3 Netherlands Foreign Minister.

[AA:A989, 43-44/600/5/1/5]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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