332 Mountbatten to Chifley

Cablegram SAC26178 COLOMBO, 22 October 1945, 11.25 p.m.

SECRET

Your 212246. [1]

As this matter appears to be a conflict of views on governmental level I am referring it to Mr. Attlee. I request that you will not allow ESPERENCE BAY to enter any port in Java or Sumatra until a decision has been reached.

1 Presumably unnumbered cablegram dispatched 20 October in reply to Document 327. It stated that the Indonesians could not be retained in Australia, nor disembarked in Dutch Timor and questioned the likelihood of their exercising a% decisive influence in Java and Sumatra. On file AA : A1838/2, 401/3/6/1/3, i. See also further unnumbered cablegram, dispatched 22 October, on the same file.

[AA : A1838/2, 401/3/6/1/3, i]