17 Department of External Affairs to Ballard
Cablegram 43 CANBERRA, 26 March 1947
Your 4.  We assume that the Dutch will not actively oppose the repatriation of Indonesians in H.M.A.S. Manoora. For our part we cannot agree that the Manoora should visit a Dutch-controlled port before proceeding to Cheribon. We desire this repatriation movement to take place without any interference by the Dutch. It is of the essence of our plan that the Indonesian repatriates should be delivered safely and directly into the custody of Indonesian Republican authorities at Cheribon. We do not intend to depart from this plan.
2. For your own information we do not desire to tell the Dutch what Indonesians will be aboard the Manoora nor to indicate the ultimate destination of each passenger. The Dutch are free to seek this information from the Republican authorities. In any event the final list of the names of repatriates will probably not be available until the party is checked while at sea en route to Cheribon.