249 Cablegram to Canberra

London, 2 October 1975


Portuguese Timor

Male (Deputy Under Secretary, FCO)1 said today, that if Indonesia were to take over Timor by force, the British Government would wish to resist the pressures which would inevitably and quickly build up here not only for oral condemnation of Indonesia but also for practical measures such as cutting off aid. To help contain such pressures, a British Government statement would quickly be issued at the time (A) drawing attention to Indonesia's long and remarkable display of patience and forbearance, (B) disclaiming any notion that Timor was even in a marginal sense Britain's problem, and (C) observing that those countries in the region who did have real reasons to be interested in Timor were not too concerned by developments.

[NAA: Al838, 3038/7/1, iv]