491 Embassy in Washington to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 1320 WASHINGTON, 28 December 1948, 2.49 p.m.

IMMEDIATE SECRET

Your 1034 and 1035. [1]

Ambassador saw Director United Nations Office State Department again today. Director stated that United States Delegation on Council was taking active steps with other members of Council with a view to reopening the question of release of prisoners and the withdrawal of Dutch forces.

He also stated that United States taking initiative in attempting to bring United Kingdom and France into line through Embassies in London and Paris. He considered that such an alignment was vital to further successful action in Council.

He expressed the view that reference to Court might serve a useful purpose particularly as Dutch would probably be inclined to abide by its decision.

He stressed the importance of not forgetting the main objectives viz. establishment of peaceful United States of Indonesia and said there had been some indications that some of the Indonesian leaders might still co-operate to that end despite Dutch action.

He fully appreciated the unfortunate effect that Soviet initiative might have in South East Asia, but stressed that that was unfortunately only one of a number of considerations.

1 See Document 483 and note 3 thereto-

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