172 Throssell to Shann
Minute CANBERRA, 28 July 1947
If the Indonesia situation is to be raised by Australia in the Security Council it is suggested that the attention of the Security Council be drawn to the situation under [Chapter VII]  Article 39  for the following reasons:-
(i) There seems little point in discussing a 'likely danger to maintenance of international peace and security' when a breach of the peace has already occurred.
(ii) The Dutch are reported to be confident that military operations will be over before any international action is taken.
(See 247 from Batavia.)  [While] investigations under Chapter VI  [are being taken] they will have gained their objectives.
Under Chapter VII, Article 40 , provisional measures may be taken to bring hostilities to a halt while investigations and conciliation are proceeding. There is no power under Chapter VI to force cessation of hostilities.
(iii) The U.K. and U.S. have expressed doubts as to the efficacy of the Security Council's intervention. If the Security Council does take a hand and fails to restore peace without delay, confidence in the U.N. will be dangerously reduced. The growing attitude of contempt for the U.N. threatens the foundations of the whole organisation.