17 Kirby to Burton

Cablegram K39 BATAVIA, 14 January 1948, 10.40 p.m.

SECRET

Your telegrams [1] much appreciated. Discussions are still proceeding and the Dutch have extended the time limit until Thursday. A stiff attitude on our part and the Republic's, may yet gain further concessions. Offer on return to Batavia tomorrow. [2]

The Committee desirous of personal report by three to the Security Council this month. I will be visiting Australia immediately the situation allows for onward journey to New York. Graham and Van Zeeland will arrive there before me, as they are going direct.

1 Documents 11 and 14.

2 Signs at the beginning and end of this sentence indicate 'as received'.

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