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69 Evatt to Bruce

Cablegram 32 CANBERRA, 9 March 1944


For Bruce from Evatt.

Your 31[A]. [1] The Australian Government, like Canada, would be
delighted if the Government of Eire saw its way clear not only to
remove the German and Japanese representatives but to declare a
state of war with both countries.

But the message from de Valera [2] is not addressed to this
Government and the High Commissioner for Eire [3] would hardly be
authorised by de Valera to risk further rebuffs. In the
circumstances we hestitate to intervene in such a matter,
especially in view of what has already happened.

In the circumstances, it might be best for you to give no answer
unless strongly pressed, and then to give no answer in writing.

1 Document 60.

2 Irish Prime Minister.

3 J. W. Dulanty.

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Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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