Would you please arrange to call upon the High Commissioner of Ceylon to the United Kingdom and request him to inquire if his Government would be agreeable to the appointment of a Canadian High Commissioner to Ceylon.
2. It might be advisable to leave with him a Note worded to the following effect:
- "Because of its desire to maintain the closest possible ties between Canada and other members of the Commonwealth, the Government of Canada has long regretted its inability to appoint a High Commissioner to Ceylon. The rapid expansion of Canada's foreign service during the war and in post-war years has unhappily placed such demands upon the staff of the Department of External Affairs as to render this step impossible earlier. The growing importance of the nations of South-East Asia and Canada's participation in the Colombo plan have recently increased the desirability of having a High Commissioner in Ceylon.
- Consequently it is a source of deep satisfaction to the Government of Canada that it is now in a position to appoint a High Commissioner to Ceylon; it trusts that this appointment will be agreeable to the Government of Ceylon.
- As first High Commissioner of Canada to Ceylon, it is proposed to nominate Mr. James Joseph Hurley, a member of Canada's foreign service whose curriculum vitae is attached.?
- The Government of Canada would of course welcome the appointment of a High Commissioner of Ceylon to Canada whenever the Government of Ceylon wishes to establish a High Commissioner's Office in Ottawa.
- It would be appreciated if this matter could be kept secret until the Governments of Canada and Ceylon can arrange for publication at a mutually convenient date".
3. Please ask the High Commissioner of Ceylon to transmit this request to his Government by telegram.