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Indonesia (Agreement)

Volume 465: debated on Monday 30 May 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what instructions have been given to the British representative on the Security Council of the United Nations as to the attitude he is to take up on the recent agreement made between the Dutch and the Republicans in Indonesia.

As the House knows, the Netherlands and Republican Delegations to the recent discussions convened in Batavia by the United Nations Commission for Indonesia, reached agreement on 7th May on the re-establishment of the Republican Government in Djocjakarta. The Republican leaders agreed to press for the issue of a cease-fire order to Republican troops as soon as possible after the Republican Government had been reinstated at Djocjakarta, and for attendance of Republican representatives at a Round Table Conference at The Hague to discuss arrangements for the transfer of sovereignty to the United States of Indonesia. His Majesty's Government warmly welcome this agreement, which has been achieved in a fine spirit of good will and compromise on both sides, and hope that it may lead to an early and final settlement of the Indonesian question. For the time being, therefore, there is no necessity to issue any further instructions to the United Kingdom representative on the Security Council.

Has my right hon. Friend received any indication when the Republican Government will be established in Djocjakarta?

There is no restriction. It is only a matter of convenience, and both sides are handling the matter apparently to suit their own convenience.