501.BC Indonesia/1–449: Telegram

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


20. Consular representatives countries which were represented in original Consular Commission (Australia, Belgium, China, France, UK, US) met yesterday for further discussion means carry out December 28 SC resolution which requested consular representatives report on situation Indonesian observance cease-fire, et cetera (preliminary informal meeting had been held 30 December). Various representatives stressed confusion over method proceeding view fact GOC and Consular Commission now have concurrent and largely overlapping [Page 126] request from SC and services military observers a prerequisite to either in performing requested function. Was felt, however, that clarification on action expected of GOC would come soon which would serve clarify at same time Consular Commission functions. Personally I am keeping close contact with Cochran on matter.