Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
105 — The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
Circular telegram. thailand.
My telegram of 19 December.
As stated in paragraph 5, His Majesty's Ambassador at Washington has been instructed to consult with the United States Government urgently, who have now replied that they [group omitted – agree?] generally with our views as set forth in paragraphs 2 and 3 of my telegram under reference. Meanwhile, however, there have been three main developments:
Reports, officially confirmed, of the entry of Thai troops into Burma territory in co-operation with Japanese forces.
Reports, not as yet officially confirmed, of the participation of Thai aircraft in attacks on British territory.
Reports from Japanese sources that in [group mutilated – Bangkok?] the Thai Government formally declared war against the United Kingdom and the United States. No official intimation of such a declaration has as yet been received, but this may be due to the fact that the Thai Government have not yet asked any foreign power to take charge of their interests in this country.
We are now considering what action we could suggest might be appropriately taken in consultation with other interested Governments and hope to telegraph our considered views to you shortly.