348 Critchley to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram K201 BATAVIA, 4 December 1948, 3.45 p.m.
Reference my telegram K.200. 
Hatta in a letter delivered to Sassen last night points out that the misunderstanding at Kaliurang must have arisen because of his reference to the fact that many people and many of the political parties especially the P.N.I. consider that he went too far in his aide-memoire. Hatta re-affirms that he adheres to its terms and offers to come to Batavia for further informal talks with the Minister on the basis of the aide-memoire.
Agreeing that the interim Federal Government should be formed without delay he considers that informal discussions should be completed by December 15th finally followed by a formal agreement under the auspices of the G.O.C. on the basis of the Cochran plan.
 Hatta also expressed the wish to receive the Netherlands reaction to his draft of the joint communique on the truce. 
2. I understand that if informal negotiations were resumed Hatta, while accepting the Netherlands Sovereignty in the interim period, would argue that there should be a protocol or at the outside a gentleman's agreement that high representatives of the crown would not exercise that Sovereignty to use the Netherlands forces against the Indonesians in opposition to the Interim Federal Government.
3. Cochran reports Stikker was pleased with the letter but that Sassen's reactions were unfavourable. The Dutch Ministers met last night to discuss the letter and the results of the meeting were reported to Cochran at 5 a.m. this morning (December 4th). Cochran and Darmasetiawan left almost immediately for Djokjakarta. Details are not known but Hatta's offer has not yet been accepted and the Ministers [there]for[e]  have arranged to leave [for] The Hague tomorrow morning. Cochran's trip to Djokjakarta may indicate further Netherlands demands for clarification or commitments from Hatta.