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192 Van Aerssen to Curtin

Aide-memoire [14 May 1943] [1]

Having taken note of Dr. Evatt's speeches [2], the Government of
the Netherlands wants to point out that, although they fully
recognize the desirability of establishing, after the war, the
security in [sic] the West and South-West Pacific areas by the
common efforts of friendly Powers in mutual co-operation, they
cannot agree with the claim (as expressed by Dr. Evatt) of any
Power, however friendly its relation to us, to become a 'partner'
in the process of developing and assisting the Indonesian people.

My Government want to make it quite clear, however, that they mean
to welcome in the future, as in the past, the full collaboration
of all foreign elements who wish to contribute to the prosperity
of the Netherlands Indies, provided a harmonious internal
development is not endangered.

1 This aide-memoire was handed to Curtin on 14 May by Baron F. C.

van Aerssen, Netherlands Minister to Australia. See minute dated
14 May on file AA:A989, 43/600/5/1/2.

2 Van Aerssen attached to this aide-memoire extracts from press
reports which quoted Evatt (then in New York) as saying that after
the war Australia and the Netherlands East Indies could become
partners in developing and assisting the Indonesian people.

[AA:A989, 43/600/5/1/2]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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