7 Cranborne to Commonwealth Government

Cablegram 12 LONDON, 7 January 1944, 1.40 p.m.

IMMEDIATE MOST SECRET

Your telegram 2nd January No. 2. [1]

We think that the United States Government must surely be aware of

the position of the Commonwealth Government in this matter as set

out in your letter of 5th July last to Secretary of State for

Foreign Affairs. [2] The Communique addressed to the Portuguese

Government on the subject of Australia's special interests and the

Portuguese reply was included in the Documents constituting the

Azores Agreement of which a copy was enclosed in my despatch D.

No. 103 of the 30th November. [3] A copy of these Documents have

been communicated to the United States Government. In the

circumstances we do not feel that the brief phrase relating to

Timor included in the latest Communique to the United States

Government regarding the proposed Staff conversations with the

Portuguese is capable of leading to any misunderstanding. We are

glad to note that you are ready to take part in Staff

conversations and will communicate further with you when we

receive the United States Government's reply.

1 Document 1.

2 See Documents on Australian Foreign Policy 1937-49, vol. VI,

Documents 233-4.

3 On file AA:A989, 43/730/4/1.

[AA:A989, E43-44/970/54]