Cablegram 695 SINGAPORE, 28 September 1946, 1.15 p.m.
MOST IMMEDIATE SECRET
Your telegram 569. 
Following telegram received from Lord Killearn to Dr. Evatt.
I need not assure your Excellency that it is my wish and
determination to act throughout in these negotiations in full
agreement with the Australian Government. I am accordingly
discussing the matter day by day with Mr. Ballard, Australian
Representative here in Batavia. At the same time you will readily
appreciate that my position in these highly delicate negotiations
is a peculiar one in that I am only acting as Chairman (at present
only at the opening meeting) because both parties have invited me
personally to do so. I fear it is too late now to change this
situation in view of the negotiations. I hope, therefore, that
your Excellency will give me your confidence at this difficult and
extremely critical moment when I am bound to use my personal
judgement from hour to hour against the background policy which is
known and agreed to. I will of course continue to work in the
closest contact and collaboration with Mr. Ballard or anyone whom
you may designate but the inescapable position is that there
cannot be two hands on the rod or we shall lose the fish.
I feel sure your Excellency will appreciate this and the
importance of doing nothing that might risk upsetting the issue of
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