Cablegram 136 PARIS, 9 August 1946, 8.30 p.m.
Your P114 South Seas Commission.  The Minister is prepared
under the circumstances for the Conference to be postponed until
January. Although he agrees in principle with the Prime Minister's
view on invitation he thinks it important that the matter should
not drag and suggests that invitations should be issued now
without a date being given. Please check with the Prime Minister
on this and advise whether he agrees.  If so, we will
informally test the Dutch on their acceptance of an invitation
made then issue a simply worded invitation from here.  When the
whole matter is finalised you could let the Canberra
representatives of the Governments concerned know quite informally
of our general views on the date for convening the Conference.