143 Cablegram to Lisbon, New York and Jakarta

Canberra, 7 June 1975


Committee of Twenty-Four: Portuguese Timor


We would not of course anticipate Australia acting independently of the Indonesians. If they go along with 'and independence' and Sani's interpretation of it, so should we. We note, moreover, that Salim's draft speaks only of the 'right' to independence.

  1. Our policy has been to engage the Portuguese in frank discussions over Timor. We should thus still see value in Lisbon taking up the matter with the Portuguese but perhaps only after Campbell has been able to consult and concert with Sani in Lisbon.

[NAA: A10463, 801/13/11/1, ix]