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182 Cablegram From Stuart To Department Of Trade

11th December, 1956

413. SECRET.


Yesterday's Press reported in fairly unequivocal terms that the
Government had instructed the Delegation to return before the end
of the year in view of wheat stalemate. I checked with Yoshino who

1. The Delegation had reported difficulty in sustaining the
talks without wheat counter offer.

2. The Delegation had been advised it could return (singly if
necessary through Olympic overcrowding of airways [1]) if it
thought this desirable, but decision left at the discretion of the

I did not think this worth reporting because I felt you would be
told the decision by the Delegation. However, since this morning's
press carried a Canberra report dated yesterday that 'the
Officials of both Nations' denied both the reports that the talks
had collapsed and that the Delegation was being recalled, I have
thought that you should know the background this end.

Yesterday's reports could have been part of the anti-Kono campaign
currently intensifying.

1 The Olympic Games were held in Melbourne from 22 November to 8
December 1956.

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