262 High Commission in London to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 828 LONDON, 1 March 1949, 6.45 p.m.
Feeling of United Kingdom Authorities now is- (1) That Dutch announcement  regarding political leaders is quite unsatisfactory but that- (11) Proposal  for earlier transfer of sovereignty, whatever its motives, might be basis for effectuating the Security Council resolution  and- (111) Important factor is the view of the United Nations Commission on which no information here as yet.
2. I get the impression that the United Kingdom feel that, provided there were real Indonesian Representation and the United Nations Commission were present, negotiation at The Hague might have better chance of success (in view of nature of present Dutch coalition) than negotiations at Batavia.
3. Unofficial observers here tend to regard Beel proposals as unadmitted surrender by the Dutch.