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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1951. Asia and the Pacific (in two parts)

Indonesia,   pp. 583-776 PDF (76.1 MB)

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  The FBIB [FBjS?] reports that the PNI has refused to join the
Government unless a Cabinet of true National Union, i.e., including
Communist parties, is formed. I believe that the life of the Natsir
Government5 which is about the best Government we can reasonably
expect in Indonesia, is endangered by the Netherlands New Guinea
problem, and I believe that its successor will rest far to the left of the
present Government and will exhibit little of the friendly attitude
toward the U.S.
  The positions of Australia and the Netherlands have not altered
materially, although there is some reason to believe that the Dutch
Cabinet is having difficulties arising from Socialist criticism of the
Government's failure to reach agreement with Indonesia on NNG.
  In view of the possible consequence to the United States of the
Dutch Indonesian failure to resolve the NNG issue, I think you should
convene a meeting as quickly as possible of the officers concerned to
discuss what action, if any, should be taken in the premises. I under-
stand that Mr. Nolting 6 has already taken action to expedite a reply
to our letter of December 21 to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on this
   Mohammad Natsir, Prime Minister of Indonesia since September 6, 1950,
Chairman of the Leadership Council of the Masjumi Party.
  Frederick E. Nolting, Jr., Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary
of State.
   Not printed.
ilajor General James H. Burns, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense
  for International Security Affairs, to the Deputy Under Secretary
  of State (Matthews)
SECRET                                WASHINGTON, January 4, 1951.
  DEAR MR. MATTHEWS: I am replying to your letter of 21 December,
in which you referred to previous correspondence between the Depart-
ment of State and the Department of Defense regarding the disposi-
tion of Netherlands New Guinea and requested the current estimate of
this Department as to the United States strategic interests which may
be involved.
  In the letter of 2 October I to which you referred, the views of this
Department were stated as follows:
  "The Joint Chiefs of Staff perceive no major United States strategic
interests at this time in the disposition of Netherlands New Guinea
so long as it remains in the hands of a nation friendly to the.IUnited
  'Foreign Relations, 1950, vol. vi p. 1074.

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