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 said:
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 ) if it thought this desirable, but decision left at the discretion of the Delegation.
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.