71 Officer to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram Hag 84 THE HAGUE, 29 May 1947, 7.40 p.m.
IMMEDIATE TOP SECRET
Since the return of the Prime Minister and Minister for Overseas Territories last Tuesday , the Press has been full of reports and conjectures generally that important decisions would be taken immediately. it seems that many who supported the agreement  now doubt the sincerity of the Republic in carrying it out.
2. I saw the Minister for Foreign Affairs this afternoon who told me that a note has been given the Republican Government, the text of which will be published tonight. Shortly, it calls on the Republic to implement the agreement in certain constitutional, economic and diplomatic matters, suggests ways in which it can be done and asks for a reply within a fortnight. 
3. Van Boetzelaer told me that both Ministers were pessimistic about the situation in Java and feel that whilst some elements (which he did not name) were obstructing the implementation of the agreement, others, notably Sjahrir, wish to see it implemented, but were not strong enough to break down the obstruction. Both Ministers were optimistic at the situation in East Indonesia, especially Borneo.
4. I gained the impression that the Government feels that the situation cannot continue in the present state of impasse. The Minister for Foreign Affairs himself seemed depressed. He appeared to hope that the United Kingdom and U.S.A. might try to influence the Republic to a more reasonable outlook.