Jakarta, 15 January 1953
The Acting Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sudjono, told me on 15th January that the procedure for formally advising member Governments of Indonesian decision was still under consideration.1 Advice would be sent 'as soon as possible'. Meanwhile it had not been possible to give much thought to the question of what specific aid Indonesia would like to get.
2. Sudjono, last week, told the British Counsellor that in the Government's view, recent decisions did not require Parliamentary ratification, although Parliament would be given the opportunity of discussing it. No definite date for-debate as yet been fixed.
3. Indonesia's failure thus far to follow up the Colombo Plan decisions arises partly from slowness of the administrative machinery and the Government's pre-occupation with urgent internal issues. A further contributing factor is the fact that the timing of the recent announcement was largely political in purpose: with the approaching conclusion of the T.C.A. Agreement with the United States (which has since been signed) it was considered advisable simultaneously to announce the intention to join the Colombo Plan, so as to avoid charges of a pro-American orientation of policy. Because of these various factors, public announcement was made before the Government had clarified its ideas as to what exactly is wanted from Colombo Plan membership.
[NAA: A1838, 3034/10/15 part 2]