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62 Curtin to Cranborne

Cablegram 55 [1] CANBERRA, 3 March 1944

MOST SECRET

Reference No. 48. [2]

1. Your advice confirming that the conference is for a personal
exchange of views between Prime Ministers is noted.

2. In regard to preparatory work on matters to be discussed, the
broad situation, as I see it, is that the Prime Ministers will
meet to review the general war situation, war policy and post-war
problems.

3. No comment is called for on the discussion of war matters.

4. In the case of post-war problems, it would appear that the
approach will be to discuss broad principles on certain main
matters of common interest and the method of approach to the best
way of deciding them and filling in the details. In view of their
importance, the ultimate decisions will, no doubt, have to be
taken by or in consultation with the Governments represented at-
the conference. Prime Ministers will be unable to stay in London
sufficiently long to bring all these questions to ultimate
finality, as their development will probably require time and
careful study. The best means of following up such matters in
greater detail will, no doubt, become apparent at the conference
and this may probably entail a series of later conferences by
Ministers responsible for each particular phase of policy. Such an
arrangement would be much more convenient and feasible than the
simultaneous absence from their country of a number of Ministers
with the necessary advisers, in view of the disabilities this
would mean in the direction of the war effort. I would appreciate
your early observations and the details promised about the agenda,
as the further information will have an important bearing on the
size of my party.

CURTIN

1 Repeated to the Canadian, South African and N.Z. Prime Ministers
as nos 3, 15 and 40, respectively.

2 Cranborne's cablegram 48, dispatched 14 February, is on file AA:

A5954, box 646.


[AA:A5954, BOX 646]
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