130 Critchley to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram K112 BATAVIA,   May 1948
Political Committee met on May 10.
(a) Report of sub committee 4 on procedure for plebiscite or other means for the delineation of states in Java, Sumatra and Madura  reveals complete deadlock as set out in first para of my 106.
(b) Interim report of sub committee 2 on outlines of the structure of the Netherlands-Indonesian Union also received.  Further discussions are taking place.
(c) Netherlands Delegation extended an invitation on behalf of its Government to the Republican Government to participate in the delegation of the Netherlands for the third conference of the ECAFE.  The Republican delegation is communicating this invitation to its government which will certainly refuse. 
2. Subsequent discussions with other members of the Committee and advisers have indicated that we may be able to reach agreement on the basis of my proposals (see my telegram 106). Major difficulty is the attitude of American adviser Ogburn who admits openly to strong sympathy with the psychological problems of the Dutch 'because they are giving up so much' and also opposes the Committee taking any initiative which he claims is contrary to its character as a Committee of Good Offices.
3. At today's meeting of Social and Administrative Committee the parties agreed to exchange letters covering their agreement regarding early release of political prisoners.