756D.5–MAP/5–1751: Telegram

The Ambassador in Indonesia (Cochran) to the Secretary of State


1609. Djuanda came my home 2 p. m. May 16. Deptel 1249 had reached me. I was consequently able confirm and expand certain ideas given Djuanda previous eve on procurement mil equip by Indo (Embtel 1597).1

Do not contemplate further mention arms procurement to Indo in present atmosphere. Djuanda agrees with me that best eventual approach might be thru Hatta to Sukiman.

Am most appreciative of alacrity and completeness with which Dept [Page 656] has kept me informed as to policy and supported with background info in present emergency.2

  1. Not printed; see footnote 5, supra.
  2. In telegram 1625 from Djakarta, May 21, which is not here printed, Ambassador Cochran had a conversation that day with Mr. Djuanda, and they agreed that the Ambassador should not invite discussion of another MDAP accord until President Sukarno had returned to Djakarta on May 27 and until after the government had issued a major policy statement to Parliament on May 28. The Ambassador also added privately that after May 28, he was also considering making a secret approach to Dr. Hatta regarding the consummation of another MDAP accord. (756D.5–MAP/5–2151)