501.BC Indonesia/10–1249: Telegram

The Chargé in the Netherlands (Steere) to the Secretary of State

secret   priorty

931. Hicus 59. Believe Department understands from my Hicus series I consider imperative early successful conclusion RTC irrespective conditions obtaining Indonesia described by Van Kleffens (Ushic 271). Deem transfer sovereignty January 1 inevitable.

Recognize of course relationship law and order Indonesia with Netherlands willingness reach and ratify agreement. Believe Sukarno should therefore be impressed with need for compliance with cease [Page 525] hostilities orders. I must leave to Dow, however, estimate as to accuracy Netherlands understanding of situation and recommendation as to how far representations to Sukarno should go. I prefer not take this up further with Republican delegation RTC which could only relay to Sukarno. Think better I reserve any influence my part to forcing thru RTC agreement soonest. Signed Cochran.

Sent Department 931, repeated Batavia 83.

  1. See footnote 3, p. 520.