Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
39 — The acting Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs1
The acting Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs1
Your telegram of 25 July. His Majesty's Government in New Zealand are fully in accord with the viewpoint that, should the United States act in the manner proposed, the Governments of the British Commonwealth must be prepared to take parallel action. The New Zealand Government recognise the force of the reasons put forward in your telegram under reference in favour of giving concurrence without making at this stage any demands for guarantees of assistance. As stated in my telegram to the Prime Minister of 24 July [No. 37], they are of the opinion that the United States must inevitably cooperate with the British Commonwealth in any conflict with Japan resulting from the contemplated action of the United States. His Majesty's Government in New Zealand are, moreover, equally of the opinion that there is very real danger of losing American support should there be any hesitancy or failure so to act at the present time.