55 Critchley to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram unnumbered BATAVIA, 9 January 1949, 11.30 a.m.

Text of telegram to Security Council January ninth. [1]

'Subsequently to its telegraphic report of seven January Committee of Good Offices was notified by Acting Chairman of the Netherlands Delegation that his Government was now prepared to discuss detailed plans for immediate despatch of military observers to field. A number of conferences was held on evening of seven January and morning of eight January. As a result arrangements have been approved for despatch of military observers to various areas in Java and Sumatra beginning on morning of nine January.

2. Military observers have received from Committee following instructions:-

(A) To observe and report on extent of compliance with cease hostilities resolution of Security Council;

(B) To observe and report on continuance of military operations, if any, including their scope and mission;

(C) To observe and report on effect of hostilities on normal pursuits and welfare of civilian population, and nature and effect of relief and rehabilitation activities.'

1 The full text of the telegram, dispatched in fact on 8 January, is given as document S/1193, in United Nations, Security Council Official Records, Fourth Year, Supplement for January, p.19.

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