856B.01/12: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Consul at Curaçao (Huddleston)

In reporting developments at Curaçao please give us pertinent details, such as whether the British infantry are operating under the Dutch flag, whether any statements have been made locally about the temporary nature of the occupation, whether the interned Germans have been removed elsewhere, whether in the opinion of the Dutch authorities the danger is now from internal or external sources, and what plans, if any, are being made for ultimately assuring the safety of the Islands by Dutch strength alone.