238 Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States, to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram [83] [1] WASHINGTON, 12 May 1940, 10.19 p.m.


State Department information this afternoon is to the effect that there is less cause for anxiety than I indicated in my preceding unnumbered telegram. [2] Cables from British Ambassador, Tokyo [3], seem to confirm this.

In view of statements which I understand United Kingdom and Netherlands Governments have made today that there is no intention of Allied intervention in the Netherlands East Indies, I understand United States Government is inviting the Japanese Government to agree with them that there is no menace to the status quo in the Netherlands East Indies and that no action is called for by Japanese or United States Governments.


1 This cablegram was dispatched without a number, but Casey advised that it should be numbered 83 in cablegram 84 received in Canberra on 13 May 1940 (on file AA: A3300, 13).

2 Document 233.

3 Sir Robert Craigie.