73. Editorial Note

On April 29 a meeting regarding Indonesia was held in Secretary of State Dulles’ office. The following officials attended the meeting, which began at 12:01 p.m.: the Secretary, Robertson, Murphy, Wisner, Burke, Irwin, Parsons, Mein, and Cumming. At 12:04 p.m. they were joined by Allen Dulles. The meeting lasted approximately 1-1/2 hours after which the Secretary met alone with Allen Dulles. (Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, Dulles’ Appointment Book, 1958–59) According to a memorandum for the record by Burke, April 30, the group decided to respond favorably to the request by Indonesian anti-Communist elements in the army for substantial military aid, as long as it was not used against the dissidents and as soon as a political settlement with the dissidents was reached. The sense of the discussion was to deal initially with trusted Army leaders, rather than Sukarno, on a preliminary basis. (Naval Historical Center, Burke Papers, Originator File)

The following day, the Secretary met again with Robertson, Cumming, Mein, and Allen Dulles to discuss Indonesia. The meeting, which began at 5:31 p.m., lasted approximately 25 minutes, after which Secretary Dulles met alone with Herter and Allen Dulles. (Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, Dulles Appointment Book, 1958–59) No record of the April 30 meeting has been found.