352 McIntyre to Burton
Minute CANBERRA, 6 December 1948
Two points occur to me in connection with your suggested telegram - (a) The suggestion of an international police force to keep order in Indonesia does not of course solve the question of who is to control all armed forces in Indonesia on which the negotiations are said to have come to a standstill. The question at issue is not that of a police force to keep order, but that of who is to control the Netherlands armed forces (which the Dutch want to keep in Indonesia) and the Republican army (which the Republicans want to keep [in being] ), and how the two forces can exist side by side. I think an international police force would simply add to the confusion unless the wider question is settled, in which event there would not be much for it to do. The idea might conceivably be useful as a debating point in the Security Council, though I am not sure how.
(b) I take it you feel sure that Australia could contribute a component to any international police force in Indonesia if the idea was taken up.