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147 Evatt to Officer

Cablegram 632 CANBERRA, 1 October 1946


Please pass following message immediately to officer from Minister
together with telegram referred to (our 631 of today).

'Please see our No.631 [1] to External Affairs Officer containing
texts of exchange of messages between Killearn and myself.

The unsolved Indonesian problem is becoming a running sore and the
future of the South West Pacific depends to a very large extent
upon an early settlement.

You should see the Dutch Foreign Minister with a view to securing
Dutch invitation to Australia to participate in the talks. You
should not disclose actual messages contained in telegram No.631
but they will give you necessary background information.'

1 Cablegram 631 provided Officer with a copy of exchanges between
Evatt and Killearn as conveyed to Addison on 1 October. It
contained details of Killearn's letter of 26 August to Evatt
stating that 'to whatever extent the Government of Australia may
desire Australian representatives should participate in all
decisions that are taken.' It also contained cablegram 24 of 28
August (Document 90); cablegram 668 of 18 September in which
Killearn, referring to the suggestion that an Australian
representative should be present at the talks, stated that he had
'naturally assumed' that this did not mean the representative
should be 'present personally at the talks.'; cablegram 569 of 22
September (Document 133); cablegram 695 of 28 September (Document
141) and cablegram 116 of 1 October (Document 146).

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Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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