501.BC Indonesia/10–2649: Telegram

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

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998. Hicus 79. UNCI attended Steering Committee meeting 25th from 3 to 5:30 p. m. I told Hatta aside that Netherlands concerned with statement by Republican Government supporting Sultan’s notes to Lovink. I said would not endeavor pass on merits this correspondence but had telegraphed Beam and Dow to use best influence toward keeping everyone quiet and reasonable until we may conclude within next few days successful RTC and permit Indonesians return with fair agreement and in atmosphere conducive to ratification. I hoped Hatta would use influence in same direction. I then told Van Royen of talk with Hatta. He thanked me sincerely.

Chairman Maarseveen pursued same policy on 24th in seeking solution differences. Delegations reported in accord on two or three matters which had been held in suspense for approval by their full membership. Delegates accepted compromise which UNCI had drawn up on question of union participating in foreign relations which had been referred to it 24th.

Economic and financial committee explained their differences. After long debate on “national treatment” and no decision reached, question referred to UNCI for mediation. We asked meeting proceed with the points of difference with understanding we would give our recommendation at next meeting.

Reconvened at 8:30 p. m. and worked until 1 a. m. On one point of difference Netherlands delegation abandoned its position, on one agreement reached and one more referred to UNCI. Several points not reached and next economic financial meeting of Steering Committee fixed for 3 p. m. today.

UNCI met with Steering Committee 9 a. m. until 1:30 p. m. today with military affairs committee present. No agreement reached on contentious policy on command Surabaya naval base and extent Netherlands Navy to be disposal US [ USI ]. Both points referred to UNCI for consideration and mediation. Meeting adjourned until 3 p. m. Thursday for consideration other points and receipt UNCI recommendations. Signed Cochran.

Sent Department 998, repeated Batavia 100, from The Hague.