Cablegram 284 BATAVIA, 20 December 1946, 3.20 p.m.
Your telegram 135. 
When I saw Sjahrir today I told him that in my relations with the
Republican authorities my hands were not tied by rigid adherence
to protocol, and conveyed that officers of his Government could
expect every assistance from me. He was in one of his more
reticent moods, but seemed pleased. He said Pan-Arab conference
had decided to give de facto recognition to the Republic and
seemed heartened by last night's American pronouncement  which
he said would 'give States General a push'. 
The Dutch Government have not yet told him that they are ready to
sign. He said the Republican Cabinet had twice decided to approve
of agreement and that it was not intended to submit it to Komite
Nasional before signature. The Mastrivmi (Moslem) Party has come
out against the agreement and there is a move to form a
'stronghold of Indonesia' to consolidate local opposition to it.
He said he was not worried about the strength of this, as the
opposition were divided amongst themselves. He did say, however,
that he was rather worried about the reactions to the Dutch
military measures which have been provoked on occasions. Of course
there are faults on both sides, but the fact is that the truce has
been a plant of forced growth.