544 McIntyre to Spender
Cablegram 224 BATAVIA, 27 December 1949
Your telegrams 208  and 209  received. I propose to hand the message to Dr. Roem, who is acting Premier in Dr. Hatta's absence, at the conclusion of the ceremony of the transfer of sovereignty late this afternoon. I shall also release them to the press as from midnight tonight, Batavia time.
2. As the two messages clearly constitute recognition of Indonesia and its Government, the matter of timing of the release of the statement earlier approved by the Minister is now less important.
I had intended to suggest that it be released in Canberra tomorrow afternoon after President Sukarno has installed himself in the Palace about midday tomorrow. Please advise  urgently whether the Minister still wishes to release the statement at the time suggested, or whether he will prefer to regard publication of the two messages as sufficient evidence that recognition has been accorded.
3. I understand the United Kingdom Government's act of recognition will take the form simply of a personal message from Bevin to Hatta as soon as the ceremony at The Hague is completed.