18 Officer to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram Hag 7 THE HAGUE, 14 January 1948


Prime Minister made statement to States General yesterday. English translation goes in next bag.

2. Principal points are (a) Creation by Royal decree new collegial body to jointly perform task of Lieut. Governor General and consisting of Lieut. Governor General as chairman and two members-probably NEHER and VREDENBURCH-to be appointed by the Crown and consulted on all matters concerning general interest of realm.

(b) Formation of interim government is proceeding and government has intention of developing Netherlands Indonesian Union.

(c) The Republican Government, it is hoped, would join other states on equal footing in making interim government a reality.

(d) Implementation of cease fire order was essential before political discussions could take place with Republican Government.

It must be within a reasonable time and not involve evacuation of territory under Dutch control.

[AA:A8108/2, 280/1/48, i]