198 Critchley to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram K142 BATAVIA, 30 June 1948, 12.15 p.m.

SECRET

Following telegram [1] despatched last night from GOC to Chairman security council:-

Committee of Good Offices has honour to report security council as follows: Further to our telegram 22nd, 23rd June [2] parties have not found formula which would enable Australian - United States working paper [3] be discussed.

At meeting of steering committee of conference 29th June Chairman Republican Delegation stated Republican Delegation and Government had carefully considered both Australian - United States proposals and results of informal talks between Hatta and Van Mook. Republican Government had decided best hope of settlement lay in early consideration of proposals. Furthermore it was of opinion proposals offered only opportunity at present time for settlement.

On these grounds and in the light of latest security council discussions he asked Netherlands Delegation reverse its previous decision not to take Australian - United States proposals into consideration.

In reply Netherlands representative stated decision of Netherlands Government not to consider working paper was final.

1 The full text of the cablegram is given in United Nations, Security Council Official Records, Third Year, Supplement for July, 29 June 1948, pp.11-12.

2 See note 2 to Document 192 and Document 193.

3 Document 173.

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