351 Critchley to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram K296 BATAVIA, 10 April 1949, 2.15 p.m.

IMPORTANT RESTRICTED

Military observers in Bandung have received information from a usually reliable source that one of the Siliwangi battalions near the town received a Dutch ultimatum on 8th April, expiring 10th April, that it must agree to co-operate with the Dutch or fight.

The battalion is one of those previously reported to have made an agreement with the Pasundan Government.

2. Military observers also report that there are indications that the Dutch are preparing a major military action in this area.

[AA : A1838, 854/10/4/3, iv]