369 Department of External Affairs to Australian Delegation, United Nations
Cablegram 606 CANBERRA, 9 October 1947, 12 noon
Your UN.952. 
Eaton, and also military observers, one of whom has returned , is emphatic that there can be no satisfactory outcome unless there is a demarcation line set or troop withdrawals to some given points. They are convinced that the Indonesians will give undertakings regarding the safety of those who have collaborated with the Dutch and of Chinese and other personnel whom the Dutch now say they are protecting. The Indonesian Commanders are in touch with headquarters by radio, and there would be no great difficulty in arranging orderly withdrawals.
2. The present absurd position regarding claimed demarcation lines was brought out by the recent American 'plane crash  and the capture by Indonesians of Dutch soldiers in what has been claimed by the Dutch as a Dutch area.