Cablegram 24 SINGAPORE, 28 August 1946, 12.11 p.m.
Many thanks for your letter.  I appreciate your references to
Australian interests in South East Asia affairs and have come to
the conclusion that our participation in talks should be arranged.
2. I am satisfied that our views about the Netherlands East Indies
run parallel to those of your own, as also Lord Inverchapel with
whom I recently discussed the matter. Australian relationships
with the present Dutch Foreign Minister at Paris are extremely
cordial. We are anxious to preserve Dutch sovereignty and
interests but are anxious not to have further delays with
Indonesian self government indefinitely dangled before the
Indonesians without tangible results. Long continuance of the
present dispute is an open sore and has had repercussions in India
and elsewhere. Moreover at any time the matter may again be before
the Security Council. Very best wishes to yourself. Am looking
forward to welcoming you and Lady Killearn in Australia in the