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For good measure, Stettinius acknowledged British good faith and argued that the Netherlands Government was being sincere in its attempts to solve its problems in the NEI on a liberal basis. 89 So, without challenging the competence of the UN to deal with the situation in the NEI, Stettinius proposed that the UNSC should take no direct part in resolving the dispute there. Despite the rejection of the Ukrainian complaint, which coincided with the breakdown of the talks in Batavia, the State Department was sufficiently alarmed by the Soviets’ action to reassess its approach toward the developing world.

By this time, The Netherlands had reasserted its authority in the areas of the NEI outside the Republic and, although these were the least populated and were relatively unimportant economically, had set about promoting them as counterweights to the Republic. In the State Department, the Dutch initiative was seen as a ‘constructive step’ but not necessarily one which would hasten agreement with the Republic. 2 The Dutch threat to the Linggadjati Agreement extended beyond building up its own position.

36 The State Department was not, however, keen to involve the UN as it wanted to prevent the Soviets from taking advantage of the situation and so it joined with the British in an effort to forestall a reference to the Security Council. In an attempt to bring the Dutch and the Indonesians together, and with Washington’s agreement, the British Government offered its good offices to both parties, which the Dutch refused. London then sought Marshall’s agreement to a joint effort to persuade the Dutch to accept arbitration.

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