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169 Cranborne to Commonwealth Government

Cablegram D783 LONDON, 26 May 1944, 12.50 a.m.


My telegram D781. [1] Following is revised text of proposed
Declaration on Siam.

His Majesty's Government favours restoration to Siam, after the
war is over, of complete security as a free sovereign and
independent State. They cannot however forget that the Government
of Luang Pibul [2] took the initiative in declaring war on us in
spite of Siam's treaty of non-aggression with us; and they would
remind the Siamese people that they must themselves contribute to
their liberation. In the final settlement account will inevitably
be taken of the extent of that contribution.

1 Dispatched 25 May. On file AA:A989, 44/895/2/2. The original
text (Document 54) was revised in the light of U.S. Govt critcism
that it would not encourage the Thais to resist the Japanese. The
U.S. Govt also wanted an unequivocal commitment that the United
Kingdom had no territorial ambitions in Thailand.

2 Field Marshal Luang P. Pibulsonggram, Thai Prime Minister.

[AA:A989, 43/735/303]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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