501.BC Indonesia/1–549: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul General at Batavia (Livengood)

secret   us urgent

6. Usgoc 269. Ref Gocus 5251 Dept. believes you should return Washington for consultation at early as possible moment. Believe Lisle2 should remain Batavia time being. SC meeting on Indonesia has just been called for Fri. Probable question of dissolution GOC may be raised that time.

If GOC report Jan 6 unanimous and your Belgian and Austrialian colleagues believe issue of dissolution GOC should be raised therein, suggest you might insert at appropriate place sentence along following lines “These considerations inevitably raise question whether continuation of GOC would serve any useful purpose or could now contribute to a peaceful settlement Indonesian situation”.

To #9–0348–B authorizes return.3

  1. Supra.
  2. Raymond E. Lisle, member of U.S. Delegation, UN Security Council GOC, at Batavia.
  3. For Department press release on Mr. Cochran’s recall, issued January 5, see Department of State Bulletin, January 16, 1949, p. 84. Mr. Cochran departed for home on January 7.