501.BC Indonesia/1–1749: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Netherlands (Baruch) to the Acting Secretary of State


43. Department pass to UNDel Lake Success. Netherlands Government has issued following communiqué regarding treatment Repub leaders Bangka:1

“The Netherlands Government has taken note with deep regret of the information regarding the accommodations and the treatment of the Republican leaders now at Bangka. From further information, [Page 157] meanwhile received, it appears that this treatment was not in conformity with the relevant instructions issued by the Netherlands Government.

Severe measures will be taken against those responsible. Two prominent officials are en route from Batavia to Bangka in order to draw up a complete report regarding the situation and to take measures for the prompt and full execution of the instructions”.

  1. The Netherlands Minister for Foreign Affairs (Stikker) gave a copy of his statement to the American Ambassador on January 17. (Repeated on January 19 to Batavia.)